The Ministry of Industry and Trade expressed support for the implementation of the ban on the use of plastic bags, but at the same time outlined the condition for its implementation – the formation of production of alternative types of packaging for products that meet the volume of the request. This was announced on Monday, July 5, by the head of the Russian ministry, Denis Manturov.
“If such a decision is made, it will only be subject to the commissioning of the capacities for the production of packages that will replace them. But in principle, I am not against it, “- said the Russian minister in his comment. TASScommenting on a potential ban on plastic packaging.
Manturov emphasized the fact that it is impossible to make a decision to ban plastic packaging at one moment: a drastic measure is fraught with risks in the form of unreasonable costs from the point of view of product manufacturers and trade enterprises. Accordingly, the extra costs for suppliers will be reflected in the final cost of goods and services, which the consumer will feel. Another negative effect of the one-step approach to the implementation of the initiative is the inability to comply with the requirements of hygiene and food safety.
To begin with, the minister explained, it is important to determine the need for retail and other sectors of the economy in plastic bags, as well as indicators for the capacity required for the production of alternative products. Taken together, this process will take several months, Manturov suggested.
According to him, the introduction of a ban on the use of plastic bags should be introduced when this measure cannot damage the market balance and stimulate problems for economic sectors that depend on the sale of plastic packaging.
At the moment, the relevant departments are dealing with the issue of determining the category of non-recyclable goods and services that require restrictions in circulation. Disclosing the details of upcoming plans, Manturov indicated that the Ministry of Industry and Trade intends to “balance production” and develop a plan for the phased replacement of one product line.
He added that the Extended Producer Responsibility adjustment is contributing to the emergence of new funds being diverted to the recycling sector. This measure will encourage manufacturers to change and find more efficient materials for recycling.
Earlier, on June 18, it became known about the proposal of the “Russian ecological operator” to introduce a ban on the circulation of packs of cigarettes, tubes of toothpaste and certain types of bags and containers for eggs. The Ministry of Industry and Trade sent this list for approval to the association to clarify the manufacturer’s position and assess the consequences of such a ban.
At the end of May, Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko said at the Nevsky International Environmental Forum that the Russian authorities were preparing a ban on the use of non-recyclable materials, including cotton swabs, plastic dishes and plastic tubes. She noted that it is planned to involve up to 50% of recyclable materials from waste in construction, agriculture and industry into circulation. Thanks to this, the volume of burials is planned to be halved by 2030.
The Federation Council expressed the opinion that the introduction of the ban will take about a year.