1. Single-use plastic products:
(a) Cotton bud sticks, except if they fall within the scope of Council Directive 90/385/EEC or
Council Directive 93/42/EEC;
(b) Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks);
(d) Straws, except if they fall within the scope of Directive 90/385/EEC or Directive 93/42/EEC;
(e) Beverage stirrers;
(f) Sticks to be attached to and to support balloons, except balloons for industrial or other
professional uses and applications that are not distributed to consumers, including the
mechanisms of such sticks;
(g) Food containers made of expanded polystyrene, i.e. receptacles such as boxes, with or
without a cover, used to contain food which:
- is intended for immediate consumption, either on-the-spot or take-away,
- is typically consumed from the receptacle, and
- is ready to be consumed without any further preparation, such as cooking, boiling or
heating, including food containers used for fast food or other meal ready for immediate
consumption, except beverage containers, plates and packets and wrappers containing
(h) Beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene, including their caps and lids;
(i) Cups for beverages made of expanded polystyrene, including their covers and lids.
(j) Products made from oxo-degradable plastic.
Restrictions on Placing on the Market of Single-Use Plastic Products Regulations, 2020
The draft Regulations aim at restricting the placement on the national market of single-use plastic products in accordance with Article 5 and Article 6(1) and (2) of Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment.
However the commencement date for the implementation of Article 5 of the Directive is being anticipated, whereby the draft Regulations are indicating that the placing on the market of the single-use plastic products listed in Part B of the Annex to that Directive and of products made from oxo-degradable plastic shall be prohibited as from 1 January 2021, instead of 3 July 2021.