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Pollution has for a long time been the enemy no.1 in the world. Single use plastic waste are severely contributing to the pollution of the world’s oceans. As reported by the Slovak Spectator, Slovakia, In compliance with the EU regulation, introduced the so-called anti-plastic measures and the country will ban the use of nine types of products, such as single-use plastic plates, cutlery, stirrers, straws, sticks for balloons, cotton buds, food containers and two types of glasses.

Among the countries of central Europe, Slovakia is one of the leading countries in this environmental area. Slovakia already adopted a law on plastic bottles and cans deposits, and the next step will supposedly be a new developed methodology of supporting the no-package shops throughout Slovakia and charge for all types of plastic bags.

“Currently, up to 14,000 tonnes of no-packaging plastic products are imported to Slovakia, mostly plastic straws, plates and cutlery” as stated in the Slovak Spectator. Today we know many alternative, more ecologic products, and searching for providers of these alternative products will not just help to manage waste, but will also open doors for Slovak entrepreneurs.

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Slovaks were estimated to consume 466 plastic bags per year (while the EU average is around 200 bags annually), and it was estimated that the population consumes around one billion PET bottles a year, as reported by the Plastic News Europe. The country is currently preparing new legislation to introduce a plastic bottle deposit scheme involving payment of a recoverable €0.10 deposit per container.

Slovakia has by so far quite a poor record on waste management with a low level of recycling. Taking up these measurements and law acts, will for sure make a better result for the country.

Background:

The initiative against the use of single use plastic, delivers on the commitment made in the European Plastics Strategy to tackle wasteful and damaging plastic litter through legislative action. The measures proposed will contribute to Europe’s transition towards a Circular Economy, and to reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the EU’s climate commitments and industrial policy objectives.

The proposed Directive follows a similar approach to the successful 2015 Plastic Bags Directive, which brought about a rapid shift in consumer behaviour. The new measures will bring about both environmental and economic benefits, such as for example:

  • avoid the emission of of CO2 equivalent;
  • avoid environmental damages
  • save consumers money.