European Commission discusses implementation of the EU single-use plastic directive with member states

2021-09-10

The Commission made available the summary record of the most recent meeting of its Waste Technical Adaption Committee in June. The Commission replied to multiple questions from the Member States’ representatives in that comitology committee with regard to the implementation of the Single-use Plastics Directive 2019/904 (SUPD), the Commission’s guidelines on the scope of the SUPD and Implementing Regulation 2020/2151 on marking specifications. The Commission also stated that it distributed the first draft on the implementing act on reporting and quality check of post-consumer waste from tobacco filters to the Member States for written comments. Regarding the calculation and reporting of the consumption reduction target for single-use plastic food containers and beverage cups, the Commission said that it would propose an approach based on the weight of plastic (including coatings) contained in those products in order to ensure consistency with the reporting under Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62 (PPWD). Reporting additionally on item count will be optional. This will likely motivate Member States to focus on reducing the weight of plastic in these products.

In addition, the Commission made available the draft of an explanatory document concerning the concept of “placing on the market” in the SUPD in view of its Blue Guide on the implementation of EU product rules.

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~sThe National Law Review, 10 September 2021

~tMember states vote on rules on separate collection of single-use plastic beverage bottles

The Member States representatives in the Commission Committee on Waste delivered a positive opinion on the draft implementing act laying down rules on the calculation, verification and reporting of data on the separate collection of waste single-use plastic beverage bottles. 26 Member States voted in favour and one against. The Commission implementing act under the SUPD is addressed to Member States to ensure the comparability of this data across the EU. The SUPD provides that Member States must collect 77% of single-use plastic beverage bottles by 2025 and 90% by 2029 and report data on this to the Commission each year. The draft the Committee voted on does not differ from the version on which the Commission publically consulted. The implementing act provides, among other details, that the weight of waste single-use bottles must include the weight of their caps and lids, and may include the weight of labels and adhesives only if the Member State also includes their weight in the bottles placed on the market. This weight may be determined by counting the bottles and applying conversion factors to take into account the weight of each bottle size and polymer type. Waste bottles are considered as separately collected if they have been collected separately from any other waste for recycling, or if they have been collected together with other waste under certain conditions (such as not mixing with hazardous wastes and collection and designed and carried out to minimise contamination). Member States may adjust the weight of the single-use bottles placed on the market adjustment where there are significant imports, exports or other movements within the EU of such bottles by operators or by natural persons for their own personal use. The Annexes to the implementing act provide the calculation formulas, as well as the reporting and quality check formats. The Commission is expected to adopt the implementing act in the near future.

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~sThe National Law Review, 10 September 2021

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/sustainability-outlook-european-union-august-2021
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