Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904—snapshot
Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Plastics Directive (EU) 2019/904—snapshot
  • Background
  • Lex specialis
  • Objectives
  • Scope
  • Consumption reduction
  • Restrictions on placing on the market
  • Product requirements
  • Marking requirements
  • Extended producer responsibility
  • more

Title Directive (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 force 2 July 2019
Deadline for transposition 3 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 implementation See—Implementation in England and Wales
Subject Waste, 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