DIRECTIVE (EU) 2015/720 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT as regards reducing the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags

Posted on June 8, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations

EUR-Lex – 32015L0720 – EN – EUR-Lex.

Item 18  Some plastic carrier bags are marked as ‘oxo-biodegradable’ or ‘oxo-degradable’ by their manufacturers. In such bags, additives are incorporated into conventional plastics. Due to the presence of those additives, the plastic fragments over time into small particles which remain in the environment. It can thus be misleading to refer to such bags as ‘biodegradable’ as they may not be a solution to littering and may, on the contrary, increase pollution. The Commission should examine the impact of the use of oxo-degradable plastic carrier bags on the environment and present a report to the European Parliament and the Council, including, if appropriate, a set of measures to limit their consumption or to reduce any harmful impacts.

Yet another case where by oxodegradable plastics are shown to not be biodegradable and causing more harm to the environment than good.