Amid growing global concerns surrounding plastic pollution, single-use plastics (also known as disposable or ‘problematic’ plastics) have become the focus of intense policy action. Their unitary lifespan has led to the proliferation of their waste within the environment, resulting in physical environmental damage and posing significant risks to human health and wildlife.
Our single-use plastics topic in C2P is focused on laws, regulations and supporting sources aimed at discouraging, reducing and restricting single-use plastics within society. Measures adopted in dealing with the pollution of single-use plastics typically involve a combination of the following:
- Bans/restrictions on the manufacturing, importation, distribution and/or usage of single-use plastics
- Taxes or levies on their production or distribution (fixed or recommended)
- National consumption and reduction targets
- Extended producer responsibility (EPR) on the prevention and management of plastic products at the end of their life cycle (collection, management, sorting, etc.)
- Voluntary Industry Pacts
Our coverage focuses on the following products:
- Plastic bags, including carrier shopping bags and polybags
- Polystyrene used in packaging applications, including packaging peanuts (this does not include polystyrene food containers)
- Oxo-degradable plastics
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