Plastics industry produces statement on the publication of EU SUP Guidelines
Brussels — Smart Packaging Europe has co-signed a statement, along with 10 other organisations, on the publication of European Commission’s Single-Use Plastics Guidelines.
The Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive of 2019 prohibited the use of some single-use plastics in the EU from the 3rd of July. The ban includes some food boxes and cups made of expanded polystyrene, which represented a small portion of EPS uses in Europe. Subsequently, the Commission published Guidelines on the 31st of May 2021 regarding the interpretation and implementation of such Directive.
In the new statement, the 11 organisations stressed that the Guidelines “do not provide the much-needed clarification market stakeholders have repeatedly called for” and noted that such Directive could “fragment the Single Market during its transposition and the Guidelines could have helped mitigate it.”
The statement highlights the widening of the scope of the Guidelines, as it might go much further than what policymakers had mandated when adopting the legislative text. This especially concerns the lack of regard for several of the essential provisions of the Directive such as the definition of ‘immediate, on-the-spot or take away’ consumption or the meaning of ‘tendency to become litter due to its volume or size, in particular single-serve portion food packaging’ (as opposed to food packaging sold in more than one unit / multipacks).
The statement called for future policy proposals to “stick to all key elements of the legislation, and for the assessment to fully cover the ultimate impact of EU policies.” It urged the European Commission to “ensure that the eventually implemented measures are based on an appropriate interpretation of the Directive and to use the evaluation of transposition of SUP Directive as an opportunity to address the fragmentation of the Single Market.”
You can read the full statement here.