The EU Directive was adopted on 5 June 2019 by the European Parliament and the Council with a view to reducing the impact of certain plastic products on the environment and stipulates:
- Reducing and phasing out specific product categories
- Increasing the recycling rate
- Reuse of recycled materials as raw material (eg 25% by 2025, 30% by 2030)
- The coordinated transition to the circular economy Product-specific requirements
- Labeling requirements
Which products are covered by the Directive
- Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, food sticks), Dishes, Straws, Drink Stirrers
- Food Containers Cups-Cups
- Drink containers
- Thin plastic carry bags
- Packages and wrappings of flexible material containing foodstuffs intended for immediate consumption
7 simple steps away from disposable plastics
- Use reusable shopping bags
- Use a reusable mug – a cup of coffee and drinks
- Use a reusable water bottle (cucumber) and reduce the consumption of bottled water
- Have your own container when shopping for street food, for snacks or for lunch. Transfer your lunch and other meals to a reusable container. Stainless steel and glass products are widely marketed.
- Do not use plastic cutlery and disposable plates. You can always have a set of reusable cutlery with you.
- Say no to the straw
- Prefer soft drinks and beers in returnable bottles
Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, among others, said that the Athanasios Public Benefit Foundation was asked to co-ordinate dialogue with stakeholders and society, as well as actions to streamline harmonization with European requirements. pollution.
He also said that “The implementation of the relevant Community legislation will not be done strictly, but as an obligation on our conscience in the first place. That is why we want to implement the disposal of disposable plastics earlier than the EU deadline, which is July 2021. We want to do that a year earlier (June 2020). “
Where a special fee will be charged
The Ministry of the Environment is considering extending the environmental charge of 0.09 minutes to other types of bags that were hitherto excluded. It is recalled that plastic bags up to 50 µm thick (micrometers) charge an environmental charge. Plastic bags with a thickness of 50 µm to 70 µm are not a burden but they are mandatory for the customer. For very thin bags of less than 15 micrometers, no environmental charge will be charged unless they are required for hygiene reasons or are provided as bulk food packages. At the same time, the bags excluded from kiosks and the public are excluded from the fee.