The European Commission is to consider a “Europe wide” approach to plastic bags, which could include outright bans on single use carrier bags.
In a meeting of EU environment ministers, concern was raised over the cost and environmental impact of single use carrier bags and information and experiences were exchanged between ministers.
A source close to the Commission told MRW that there was a “clear need to look at this from a Europe-wide perspective” and to assess the need for a broad revision of the Packaging Waste Directive.
Although discussions are currently at an early stage, and it is not currently known what form this would take, sources have explained that all approaches would be considered, up to and including bans.
The news was welcomed by plastic technology specialists Symphony. The company’s deputy chairman Michael Stephen said: “We welcome the Commissioner’s intent to look into ‘all options’, because the EU currently has no policy for plastic waste which gets into the land or sea environment and cannot realistically be collected for recycling or anything else. We look forward to introducing him to d2w oxo-biodegradable technology as a valuable tool for future policy.”