Austria widens EU plastic polluter responsibility

An Austrian presidency draft compromise on rules to reduce pollution from single-use plastic products would broaden polluter classification while diluting the polluter-pays principle

An Austrian presidency draft compromise on rules to reduce pollution from single-use plastic products would broaden polluter classification while diluting the polluter-pays principle.

The document, obtained by ENDS, will be discussed at next Tuesday's EU Council meeting of environment ministers.

The text extends the definition of ‘producer’ envisaged by both the Commission and the European Parliament. As well as developers and manufacturers, the presidency's definition includes those who place on the market “filled single-use plastic products”.

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