04/07/2021 – According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), only 9% of all plastic waste is recycled. Most of it ends up in landfills or in the environment. Plastic bags and foamed plastic products appear to be viewed by governments as the single most problematic single-use plastics because they are easily observed in the environment.
There is an ever growing list of countries and provinces that have proposed similar measures to combat single-use plastics and their adverse effects on the environment. At the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly in 2019, 170 countries pledged to significantly reduce the use of plastics by 2030. Some of these countries have already banned certain single-use plastics. The list of countries with draft laws and implementation deadlines is also growing.
On March 12, India published a draft law to phase out single-use plastics by 2022. The focus of this draft is on plastic bags in the first phase from September 30, 2021; However, it will be extended to other single-use plastic products on January 1, 2022. On July 1, 2022, the scope of the one-way ban for plastics will be extended to items that come into contact with food.
Canada announced a comprehensive federal plan to ban harmful single-use plastic items like bags and straws on October 7, 2020. The regulation will be completed by the end of 2021. This ban is a step in the government’s plan to zero plastic waste by 2030.
On December 17, 2020, the European Commission published the rules for harmonized labeling specifications for single-use plastic products in relation to Directive (EU) 2019/904 on the reduction of the effects of certain plastic products on the environment.
This directive has already been implemented by several EU member states. In both Germany and Belgium, the new one-way plastic ban and labeling requirements will come into force on July 3, 2021.
If you want to stay up to date on global regulatory changes, GLORIA (“Global Regulatory Impact Alerts”) from NovaLoop offers a solution to stay up to date on constantly changing regulatory requirements.
If you also have to deal with country-specific labeling requirements, NovaLoop’s ELLIE (Environmental Labeling & Information Inventory) gives you a complete and accurate picture based on the latest information available.
If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll keep you updated as more countries introduce single-use plastic bans, as well as many other product compliance and sustainability issues.