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EuPC will fight Italy's ban on plastic bags

January 18/2011

(SJAFilms) -- The European Plastics Converters (EuPC) has confirmed that it will fight Italy's ban on plastic bags, saying that it violates EU packaging legislation.


On 1 January 2011, Italian legislation came in that  requires retailers to only offer biodegradable, cloth or paper bags and not polyethylene ones. The legislation has been described as shortsighted by the EuPC and said it failed to take into account existing EU law or the recyclability of plastic packaging.


Alexandre Dangis, Managing Director EuPC said "This law demonstrates that the Italian government is in breach of EU legislation and in particular that of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive as there is not sufficient scientific reasoning behind it."


A complaint has been lodged a complaint with the European Commision with Mr Dangis adding "We shall make every effort to challenge this legislation from a legal point of view."


The Welsh Assembly Government is introducing a 5p charge on single-use carrier bags from October.


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