DEFRA EPS BAN: IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Defra last week invited tenders for a contract to assess “the economic impacts of a potential ban on expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers” and the Times yesterday (30 May) reported that the Government is considering implementing a ban ahead of the EU intended date of 2021. The piece included quotes from the FPA statement on EPS issued earlier this year and our arguments on the impact on takeaway operators: “A ban would force takeaway food outlets to use packaging made from alternative materials which may be more expensive or less effective at keeping food warm.” The article is on the FPA website – see news feed below.
The FPA will continue to argue for more time for EPS manufacturers and distributors. We also stand by our objection to the proposed EPS ban on the grounds of material discrimination; EPS is the only material on the banned list, everything else is an item (straws, stirrers etc).
Ends 30 May 2019