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Implementation of the European Single-Use Plastics Directive: Only a few countries stand out

26 Aug 2021 − 

On the occasion of the July 3 deadline for incorporating the European Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) into national law, the two environmental organizations Rethink Plastic Alliance and Break Free From Plastic have published a review of the implementation process in Europe.

According to the NGOs, the individual member states differed significantly in their ambitions when it came to implementing the mandatory requirements from Brussels. Overall, however, the successes achieved so far were not sufficient to ensure the transition from a single-use to a circular economy, the organizations concluded.

When assessing national measures, a distinction was made between "top performers" and countries that were lagging behind in the implementation process. The environmentalists cited Estonia, France, Greece and Sweden as positive examples. Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland, on the other hand, were among the nations that had a lot of catching up to do.

⇒ This is an excerpt from a more comprehensive article published in EUWID Packaging Markets 17/2021

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