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Portugal: approved ban on some single-use plastic from November

September 08/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Portugal’s government has approved legislation banning from 1 November the sale of certain single-use plastic products, such as cotton swabs, cutlery, plates, straws and sticks for balloons, said Macaubusiness.

In a news released, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Action said that the law, which was approved at Thursday’s weekly cabinet meeting, represents “the partial transposition” of a European Union directive approved on 5 June 2019 on “reducing the impact of single-use plastic products [and] products made of oxodegradable plastic."

According to the notice, as of 1 November “the placing on the market of certain single-use plastic products such as cotton swabs, cutlery, plates, straws, balloon sticks, as well as cups and food containers made of expanded polystyrene is prohibited."

In line with the EU directive, the government legislation sets two targets for the reduction of consumption of cups for drinks and packages for ready-to-eat food: an 80% decrease in consumption from the 2022 level by the end of 2026, and a 90% decrease by 2030.

According to the ministry, in order to ensure these goals measures are planned to be implemented from 2024, such as ensuring the availability of reusable containers for consumption of food and beverages, for which a deposit is to be charged.

It adds that, under a phased schedule, requirements will be established for the design of beverage containers, targets for the incorporation of recycled plastic in bottles for drinks and for the selective collection of bottles with a capacity of less than three litres, and the launch of consumer information and awareness campaigns by the producers of certain single-use plastic products.

As per MRC, the European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastics across the board in an attempt to stop the unending stream of plastic pollution making its way into the oceans. Such plastic products include things like straws, plates, cups and cotton buds, and can take several centuries to degrade in the oceans where they are increasingly observed to be consumed by marine life. According to the European Commission, such plastics make up 70 percent of all marine litter.

Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,176,860 tonnes in the first half of 2021, up by 5% year on year. Shipments of exclusively low density polyethylene (LDPE) decreased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 727,160 tonnes in the first six months of 2021, up by 31% year on year. Supply of homopolymer PP and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased. Supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:Europe, CIS, PP, PS, PE, containers/disposable tableware, disposable tableware, recycling, Portugal.
Category:General News
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