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EU tightens cap regulation to boost recycling, sparks debate

Since July, a new regulation has been in effect. It concerns bottle caps.
Since July, a new regulation has been in effect. It concerns bottle caps.
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16 June 2024 16:14

The European Union has banned the production of beverage packaging with unattached caps. The directive takes effect from July 1.

As announced, the European Union has banned the production of drinks with unattached caps. The regulation aims to facilitate plastic recycling. The idea has divided the EU population. Some consider it necessary, while others consider it a "whim."

New cap regulation. Not everyone is satisfied

EU countries aim to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Therefore, they are introducing several changes concerning heating methods and waste recycling.

Since January, the plastic directive, SUP, has been in force. The document includes a provision for caps attached to plastic beverage bottles. From July 1, this solution must be implemented in all bottles with a capacity of 3.5 ounces to 0.8 gallons. Failure to comply with the regulations may result in a fine.

So far, caps have not ended up in the bin but have made their way to the seas and oceans, polluting the environment. The new regulation aims to prevent this. According to EU authorities, the attached caps will be recycled with the bottle, making the material suitable for reuse.

"They have a slim chance of a 'second life'"

The introduction of this solution was necessary. Despite this, ecology and waste management experts point out that it has one major drawback: the lack of public education on recycling and waste management.

In the next part of the conversation, the specialist described the sorting process for such waste. It turns out that the previous caps fell through the sieves, making them unsuitable for reuse.

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