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Ban on single-use plastics from 2021

Published on 1 July 2021 at 11:28

Source: KvK

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If you don’t want to land your business in the soup, be ready to stop using and selling your products in single-use plastic containers by 3 July 2021. On that date, the EU ban on disposable plastics comes into effect. We are talking straws, cups, cutlery, plates, but also balloon rods. Find out what changes and when.

There are currently over 150 million tons of plastic in our oceans and seas. In December 2018, representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU countries jointly agreed upon a directive to combat the 'plastic soup'. The agreement consists of serveral measures. The first come into effect on 3 July 2021. Some disposable plastic products will be banned from that date. Other products will have to be labelled. Manufacturers of disposable plastics will have to start contributing to processing the waste. 


EPR, or UPV in Dutch, stands for Extended Producer Responsibility. It means that you, as the producer of disposable plastic products, have to contribute to the costs of gathering waste and cleaning up litter. The EPR will be gradually introduced from 5 January 2023. The details are still being worked out.

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Plastic soup affect

The measures to combat the plastic soup affect both the consumer and businesses. The packaging industry and plastic products producers will have to find sustainable and innovative alternatives. Consumers must become more aware of the consequences of littering and the plastic soup on the environment.

Deposit on bottles

The Dutch government is taking additional steps to combat litter. From 1 July 2021, a deposit of 15 cents will be in place for plastic drink bottles containing less than 1 litre. The producers of the bottles are responsible for the introduction of the deposit system. Hospitality and small businesses do not have to collect the bottles.

From 31 December 2022, soda, water, and beer cans will also carry a 15-cent deposit. How and where these cans will be collected is as yet unknown. Hospitality and small businesses will not have to collect cans.

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