The Slovenian government decided to ban the sale of single-use plastic products with just a few exceptions. The relevant regulation, endorsed at Wednesday’s correspondence session, also prescribes the labelling of certain single-use plastic items and their packaging to raise awareness about recycling.
Products to be banned under the regulation include plastic cutlery, plates and straws as well as ear swabs, except for those used as medical equipment. Also banned are plastic stir sticks and balloon sticks with the exception of those intended for industrial use and not for customers.
The regulation, transposing an EU regulation, also bans expanded polystyrene food and drink packaging and items made of oxo-degradable plastics.
“The regulation also lays down requirements for the labelling of certain disposable plastic products and their packaging. An implementing regulation of the European Commission has been issued for labelling rules. The Implementing Regulation and its corrigendum provide, for a transitional period of one year, that those products may be labelled. By labelling on such products, consumers are informed of the appropriate waste management options or methods of waste disposal that should be avoided in accordance with the waste hierarchy and of the presence of plastic in the product and the consequent negative impact of littering, or other inappropriate methods of disposing of the waste product into the environment. Sanitary pads, tampons and tampon applicators, moisturizing wipes for personal care and household use, tobacco products with filters and filters marketed for use in combination with tobacco products, and beverage pots must be labelled,” the Ministry of ecology explained in the press release.
The ban will take effect fifteen days after the regulation is published in the Official Gazette. Fines for non-compliance will range up to EUR 15,000 for legal entities, up to EUR 5,000 for sole proprietors and up to EUR 3,000 for the executive or proprietor in charge.