The New EU Single-use Plastics Directive: EU to Adopt Law on the Reduction of the Impact of Certain Plastic Products on the Environment

January 2019
Region: Europe
In the morning of 19 December 2018, the EU co-legislators Council and European Parliament (EP) agreed on the text of the so-called Single-use Plastics Directive (Directive) after a negotiating session that had lasted for more than 12 hours. The Directive includes measures that the EU Member States will, in general, have to take by 20211 regarding specifically identified categories of single-use plastic (SUP) products (and fishing gear containing plastic).