European Plastics Converters (EuPC) has referred to as on European Commissioners to ‘recast’ or put off the single-use plastics (SUP) directive, in mild of the Covid-19 disaster.
In an open letter Alexandre Dangis, EuPC President stated: “We would like to draw the attention to the benefits of plastic products and in particular single-use applications during the difficult times we are experiencing at this moment in history.”
Mr Dangis stated the regulation didn’t consider the hygienic penalties of banning or lowering single-use plastics however most effective mirrored on littering sides.
“Today and day after today we’re and shall be in a fully other international the place hygiene and client well being would be the primary precedence for all people so it’s time to replicate on adjusting methods for Europe and the sector particularly associated with the usage of plastics.
“Unfortunately, the coronavirus has proven us that no longer all fabrics are the similar. Single-use plastics aren’t simply substitutable, particularly in preserving the similar hygienic houses to safeguard customers. Many unbiased research many times display that plastics is the fabric of selection for making sure hygiene, protection in addition to preservation from contamination.
“The freedom of circulate of those items is vital to stay hygiene, well being and protection within the provide of many merchandise, comparable to meals touch fabrics, protecting apparatus, clinical units and drugs. We can’t manage to pay for, in any sense, to disregard such fundamental precautions that plastic merchandise may give and is already offering within the box at the moment to help within the combat by contrast disaster.
The EuPC is asking for a postponement of the closing date for the implementation of the SUP Directive for a minimum of an extra 12 months at nationwide stage and to raise all bans on one of the vital single-use plastics pieces.