Waste campaigners hit out at disposable plastics ban

Green groups Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) and Reloop have criticised the fine print of the Single-Use Plastics Directive, warning that some single-use materials are excluded by its definition of ‘plastic’.

The green groups fear the directive allows for harmful exceptions to slip through the net, meaning it could underperform on its environmental aims, “and even backfire”, according to Joan-Marc Simon, executive director at ZWE.

Currently, the directive, which entered into force in June 2019, allows for ‘natural polymers’ such as viscose and lyocell, which are commonly found in wet wipes, nappies and cigarettes. According to the campaign groups, products made from these substitutes are potentially as damaging as banned plastics.

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