The EU’s Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) came into force on 3 July. The guidelines can be accessed through the European Commission website.

They involve important changes to labelling, to materials and products permitted to be sold on the European market.

More specifically, the SUPD comprises product bans; design requirements; targets for separate plastic recycling collections; Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) obligations; and awareness raising measures.

Member states have had until 2 July 2021 to transpose and include the provisions of the SUPD into their own laws.