Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904—snapshot

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  • Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904—snapshot
  • Background
  • Lex specialis
  • Objectives
  • Scope
  • What plastics are covered?
  • What products does this include?
  • Consumption reduction
  • Restrictions on placing on the market
  • Product requirements
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Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904—snapshot

TitleDirective (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (Plastics Directive)
Entry into force2 July 2019
Deadline for transposition3 July 2021—however Member States shall apply the measures necessary to comply with Article 6(1) from 3 July 2024, Article 8 by December 2024, but in relation to extended producer responsibility schemes established before 4 July 2018 and in relation to single-use plastic products listed in section III of Part E of the Annex, by 5 January 2023
England and Wales implementationSee—Implementation in England and Wales
SubjectWaste, plastics


In the EU 80% to 85% of marine litter, measured as beach litter counts, is plastic with single-use plastic items representing 50% and fishing-related items representing 27% of the total. Single-use plastic products include a diverse range of commonly used fast-moving consumer products that are discarded after having been used once for the purpose for which they were provided, are rarely recycled, and are prone to becoming litter. A significant proportion of the fishing gear placed on the market is not collected for treatment. Single-use plastic products and fishing gear containing plastic are therefore a particularly serious problem in the context of marine litter, pose a severe risk to marine ecosystems, to biodiversity and

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