The Ministry of Environmental Protection, with the new Sustainable Waste Management Act, which it plans to adopt in the second quarter of 2020, will make it impossible to place a part of disposable plastic products on the market – 24 sata reports.
As they write in the article, the list includes Q-tips, cutlery, plates, straws, beverage stirrers, balloon holders, food and beverage containers, styrofoam cups, and oxo-degradable plastic products that later decompose into invisible microplastics. The product list may also be expanded, depending on the results of consumption reduction measures on products such as bags.
On January 1st, 2019, measures for reducing the consumption of lightweight and very lightweight plastic bags began, and manufacturers and sellers are obliged to submit information to the Environmental and Energy Efficiency Fund about the quantity of bags placed on the market. In May 2020, there will be results from the implementation of these measures, such as the mandatory payment for light bags and the education of citizens. The EU's deadline for banning these products is July 3rd, 2021.
According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which opposes such a ban, 8200 workers in 700 companies worked in the plastics and rubber industry last year. Production increased by 50 percent from 1990 to last year. Two years ago, we exported plastic worth 437 million dollars. Also, on the pages of the Croatian Chamber of Economy they published the data that the analysis of the European association PlasticsEurope showed that if the plastic packaging for food were eliminated, the weight of the packaging would quadruple, the energy consumption would increase by 50 percent, there would be 60 percent more waste and twice the greenhouse gas emissions – it's written in the article.