Industry critical of Belgian decree that would restrict numerous single-use plastics

Belgium has plans to limit the sale of several disposable or single-use products while requiring increased use of recycled content in others through a new royal decree.

However, the EU Commission appears to have reservations with regard to the legislative project, as the standstill period for the decree has been extended. After the decree was notified last year, the standstill period was originally due to end on 1 February. However, the review is now scheduled to run until 30 November. During this period, the decree may not enter into force.

The draft Belgian decree would regulate, or in some cases ban, the initial placing on the market of single-use plastic products. The new rules, which place a special focus on packaging, were intended to go into effect on 1 January 2024....

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