European SUP Directive Sees Caps Tethered To Plastic Bottles

By: Trademagazin editor Date: 2024. 06. 24. 09:13

The European Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Directive will see bottle lids required to stay attached to PET bottles under three litres from July.

As a result of the impending rule, the roll-out of the tethered plastic bottle lids has already begun, and many consumers may have noticed that the lid does not completely detach from the container.

RTÉ reported on the roll-out ahead of the directive coming into effect on 3 July.

Due to the size of bottle caps, they are more difficult to recycle if they become detached from the bottle with which they came.

Despite largely being made of recyclable material, caps are more frequently disposed of, even when bottles are recycled properly.

The SUP Directive aims to minimise the damage done by plastic, making recycling more straightforward and increasing consumer awareness.

Ireland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS), which launched in February, is also part of the SUP Directive.

As the tethered-cap deadline looms, companies and the government will observe the impact of a second waste directive introduced in Ireland this year.


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