Riga, 5 November 2020 - Today the meeting of the State secretaries announced the draft Law “On plastic-containing products” drafted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, which provides for a ban on the placing on the market of certain plastic-containing products, measures to reduce their consumption or requirements regarding the design of products and recycled plastic content.
To present the drafting of the plastic products bill and the "Gateway&Partners" study on “Assessment of the Limits and Prohibition of Certain Plastic Products” ON Friday, November 6, at .11:00 will host an online event.
The proposal on plastic-containing products aims to prevent and reduce the environmental impact of certain plastic-containing products and gears, especially the aquatic environment, and human health, and to promote the transition to a circular economy with innovative and sustainable performance models, products and materials, thereby also contributing to the efficient functioning of the internal market.
The draft law is designed to take over Directive 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the environmental impact of certain plastic products. . The Directive lays down new requirements for the production and marketing of certain articles containing plastics, covering groups of products such as food and drink packaging, tableware, drink glasses, balloons, wet napkins, wadding trees, plastic-containing gears and tobacco products with filter.
The transposition of the requirements of the Directive will contribute to reducing the amount of disposable plastic-containing plants placed on the market, improving the management of plastic waste, taking into account the waste management hierarchy and reducing environmental litter with plastic waste.
The draft law prescribes the requirements for the manufacturer and the competence of the national authorities, as well as provides for liability for the specified violations - for the placing on the market of a plastic containing product prohibited by the law; for non-labelling of articles containing plastics or non-conformity of labelling with the requirements specified in the Law, etc. . The draft law provides for a delegation to the Cabinet to issue regulations with requirements: the manufacturer's extended liability system, labelling, separate collection of drinks packaging and a report on articles containing plastics and the management of waste thereof.
The legislative framework covered by the bill is expected to enter into force by 3 July 2021. In order to fully take over the requirements of the Directive, it is necessary to develop a new law on articles containing plastics.
To participate in a video seminar, please use the following link: https://www.varam.gov.lv/lv/seko-justice-0. You can ask questions during a video seminar by sending them to e-mail: email@example.com.
The “Plastic products” bill is available here: https://bit.ly/3505TpF.
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