NEWS COMMENTARY

EU will charge all member states fees for plastic waste starting January 2021

Published:
August 20, 2020
Coverage:
Accelerating Materials Innovation
Activities:
Policy
by Drishti Masand
Very important

The EU is determined to reduce plastic waste, regardless of the global crisis, by introducing a plastic waste penalty on nonrecycled plastic packaging waste calculated at a call rate of €800 per ton, which will be paid by the member states instead of corporations or individuals. Unlike previous regulations, this new rule directly penalizes countries for a lack of recycling infrastructure and shifts the waste burden to the governments rather than corporations. Most countries will likely implement waste taxes to recoup the costs from consumers and companies, which clients should closely monitor for; overall, this will accelerate innovation for an efficient recycling infrastructure in the EU.

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