The Croatian Parliament has adopted the Law on Waste Management, which prohibits the sale of several disposable plastic products, writes Ekovjesnik.
The ban applies to disposable plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and sticks), straws, balloon sticks, ear sticks, but also to products made of oxo-degradable plastic and food containers made of expanded polystyrene.
The law was adopted on July 15, 2021, although the ban had to be applied as early as July 3, in accordance with the European Parliament Directive (EU) 2019/904 on disposable plastics.
This Directive seeks to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment and human health and to promote the transition to a circular economy through innovative and sustainable business models, products and materials.
The transitional period of adjustment of the EU member states ended on July 3, 2021, and by then all countries had to introduce the laws and other regulations necessary to comply with the Directive.
Associations and civic initiatives gathered in the national network “Zero Waste Croatia”, as well as the Platform for Combating Plastic Pollution, warned of breaking the deadlines for the adoption of this law, as well as the lack of ambition to reduce consumption and ban the thinnest plastic bag as one of the largest pollutants.
Also, the associations pointed out the insufficiently regulated responsibility of producers and the need to establish reuse systems that have great potential for creating many green jobs.
Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.
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