Waste management: how to transpose the Single Use Plastic Directive
The PLAC III project has provided support to the Ministry of Environmental Protection in the transposition of the Union acquis in the field of waste management, in the part related to the Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.
Directive (EU) 2019/904, also known as the Single Use Plastic Directive (SUP), entered into force in August 2021.
Its objectives are to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, in particular the aquatic environment, and on human health, as well as to promote the transition to a circular economy.
The annex to the directive lists the nine most commonly used disposable plastic products that are banned from the EU market. In addition to them, the ban also covers products made of oxodegradable plastic and fishing gear containing plastic. The largest number of plastic products whose use is prohibited is also considered packaging, which is defined by Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste, which requires special attention in the transposition of the acquis because the requirements of both directives must be met.
Project expert Simona Ghita presented the SUP Directive at a workshop held on April 19, 2022, the way it is implemented along with the Packaging Waste Directive, as well as a proposal of a plan on how Serbia can transpose the SUP Directive.
She said that plastic is one of the five priority areas of the EU Action Plan for the introduction of the circular economy. Disposable plastic, according to EU data, makes up 50 percent of all litter waste in the Union. Ghita gave an overview of how the directive is applied in different EU member states.
The proposed roadmap for Serbia includes establishing a broad working group with representatives of several ministries, evaluation of the Serbian market, establishing a set of rules and responsibilities for authorities, producers and citizens, establishing deposit return schemes for drinking bottles, and establishing new extended producers responsibility schemes.
The representative of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Luka Starčević, said that the SUP directive in Serbia had not been transposed, except for some traces in the Law on Packaging and Packaging Waste.
The workshop was attended by representatives of the line ministry, as well as the Ministries of Finance and Agriculture, operators and representatives of non-governmental organisations dealing with environmental protection.
Cover photo: Audiovisual service, European Commission
Relevant Union acquis:
27. June 2022.
- Chapter 3: Right of establishment and freedom to provide services
- Chapter 8: Competition policy
- Chapter 9: Financial services
- Chapter 10: Information society and media
- Chapter 12: Food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy
- Chapter 13: Fisheries
- Chapter 15: Energy
- Chapter 16: Taxation
- Chapter 27: Environment
- Chapter 28: Consumer and health protection
- Chapter 33: Financial and budgetary provisions