PUPC has decided to establish Working Group for carrier bags. The group will develop ways to optimal transposition of the Directive of the EU Parliament and Council 2015/720 of 29 April. Member States were obliged by Directive to introduce appropriate regulations within 27 November 2016 year. According to the Directive, the measures adopted by the Member States include one of the following measures or both measures:
a/ the adoption of measures ensuring that the annual consumption level does not exceed 90 lightweight plastic carrier bags per person by 31 December 2019 and 40 lightweight plastic carrier bags per person by 31 December 2025, or equivalent targets set in weight. Very lightweight plastic carrier bags may be excluded from national consumption objectives;
(b) the adoption of instruments ensuring that, by 31 December 2018, lightweight plastic carrier bags are not provided free of charge at the point of sale of goods or products, unless equally effective instruments are implemented. Very lightweight plastic carrier bags may be excluded from those measures.
In regard of the Directive Polish Union of Plastics Converters is in favour of levy on lightweight carrier bags at the points of retail sale and excluding of very lightweight carrier bags with thickness less than 15 microns from regulation . The very lightweight carrier bags are used for hygenic purpose as food preservation. We are convinced, that there is no need for other measures, especially in case of lack of reliable data on presnt consumption of carrier bags in Poland.