Rules for single-use plastics

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Are you a manufacturer, importer, or vendor of disposables and/or packaging materials? There are rules on disposable plastic products to prevent pollution (plastic soup). You can no longer market specific disposable products, or you must put marking on the packaging.

This applies to products that:

  • are meant for single use (disposable or single-use plastics)
  • are entirely made of plastic or that contain a plastic component
  • are made of (or partly made of) bioplastic (biobased or biodegradable)

Banned disposables

You cannot bring to market the following single-use plastics:

  • products made of oxo-degradable plastics (such as bags and bottles)
  • balloon sticks (except for industrial or other professional use)
  • cotton buds
  • food and drinks containers and polystyrene cups (expanded polystyrene, EPS)
  • stirrers
  • straws (except for medical use)
  • cutlery
  • plates

Mandatory marking (pictogram)

You have to mark the packaging of specific products or the products themselves. You must use the standard pictograms in the language of the country in which you market the product. The pictogram shows that:

  • the product contains plastic
  • in which bin the product should be discarded
  • that litter is harmful to the environment

Products that must be marked with a pictogram are:

  • the packaging of tobacco products with filters and filters for use with tobacco products
  • cups for beverages (the pictogram must be on the cup)
  • the packaging of sanitary towels, tampons, and tampon applicators

If you bring a product to market before 4 July 2022, you can put the marking on the packaging or the product by means of a sticker. After that date the pictogram should be printed on the product or the packaging.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO