Ban on plastic straws, plates, and other single-use plastics

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From 3 July 2021, producers and importers may no longer market certain products made of single-use plastic. These include cutlery, plates, and straws. You are still permitted to sell existing stocks if you own a store, wholesaler, or hospitality venue. Read here which rules will apply to disposable plastics.

Why measures against single-use plastics?

Plastic has many useful properties. But plastic waste is increasingly ending up in the oceans and seas (plastic soup). This can make fish and other marine animals ill. With the new Single-Use Plastics (SUP) guidelines, the European Union wants to reduce the plastic soup. The rules relate to the products that wash up most on European beaches. Good, affordable alternatives already exist for those.

Visual representation of what products are banned, need to be labelled with a marking, or fall under the EPR, the Extended Producer Responsibility. All information is also listed in this article.

Ban on single-use products

From 3 July 2021 onwards, you will no longer be allowed to market products made of disposable plastic in EU member states. This applies to products made entirely or partially of plastic.

  • plates
  • cutlery
  • stirrers
  • straws – except for medical use
  • cotton tips – except for medical use
  • balloon rods – except for professional or industrial use
  • food packaging, cups, and beverage containers made of polystyrene foam
  • all products made of oxo-degradable synthetics (plastic that breaks down in contact with sunlight, heat, or air)

Are you not sure whether your product falls under the ban? Check the Single-Use Plastics Decision Tree (in Dutch) offered by the Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken, KIDV).

Marking with information on plastic

Starting 3 July 2021, you will have to print a marking on the item or on the packaging of certain products. The marking states:

  • in which wastebin the product belongs;
  • that it contains plastic;
  • the environmental consequences of littering.

You must print a marking on this product:

  • disposable cups.

For the following products, you must print a marking on the packaging:

  • wet wipes;
  • tampons and tampon applicators;
  • sanitary towels;
  • tobacco products with filters and loose filters for tobacco products.

Use the standard markings. You can find the standard markings in various languages on the website of the European Commission.

For products that you market before 4 July 2022, you may also apply the marking by means of a sticker on the product or the packaging. After that, you must print the marking directly on the product or packaging.

Producer responsibility

Extended producer responsibility (EPR) will apply to a number of products. This means that you will have to contribute to the collection of waste and the clearing up of litter if you are a producer of such products. The EPR will enter into force in phases, starting 5 January 2023. The precise terms of this scheme are still under discussion.

EPR as of 5 January 2023:

  • Tobacco products with filters
  • Single-serve food packaging
  • Disposable cups
  • Bags and wrappers
  • Light plastic carrier bags
  • Beverage containers

EPR as of 31 December 2024:

  • Balloons
  • Fishing gear
  • Wet wipes

Rules for bottles and beverage containers

For beverage containers, the caps must remain attached to the container during use. This rule will enter into force on 3 July 2024.

This does not apply to:

  • bottles and beverage containers for medical use;
  • bottles and beverage containers with a capacity of more than 3 litres.

From 2025: bottles made of recycled material

  • From 2025, 25% of the material of a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle must consist of recycled material.
  • From 2030, 30% of the material of all bottles must be recycled material.

The exact date for these rules to come into force is not yet known. The European Committee for Standardization is still working out exactly what requirements the products will have to comply with.

Deposits on small plastic bottles

Starting 1 July 2021, there will be a deposit on small plastic bottles. Visit (in Dutch) for instructions on how to prepare for this as a producer.

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This information is provided by

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO