Plastics: ministers to decide on producer clean-up

EU environment ministers should decide soon what percentage of the cost for the clean-up of disposable single-use plastics litter is levied on producers, according to an Austrian presidency draft

EU environment ministers should decide soon what percentage of the cost for the clean-up of disposable single-use plastics litter is levied on producers, according to an Austrian presidency draft compromise seen by ENDS.

“Producers shall bear [a percentage] of the costs to clean-up litter”, the draft reads. The precise figure will be decided at the next Environment Council meeting.

The European Parliament's environment committee has opted for shared responsibility for for clean-up costs between polluters and public authorities. Green lawmaker Bas Eickhout told reporters on Tuesday he does “not see any reason for now to change what is in the [Parliament's] position"; that producers should be liable for a minimum share, regardless of each country’s preferred division of responsibility.

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