FPA SAYS EPS BAN IS UNFAIR

FPA SAYS EPS BAN IS UNFAIR

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EU EPS BAN IS UNFAIR SAYS FPA

The Foodservice Packaging Association has challenged the proposed Single Use Plastics Directive in regard to the ban on EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) saying that the ban is unfair.

Executive Director Martin Kersh says:

“EPS is the only material on the banned list, all the other items are products such as straws, stirrers and plastic cutlery.  EPS is being singled out and treated unfairly and we are calling for it to be moved from the banned list to the material reduction list, alongside all other plastic materials.

“We are concerned that this Directive has been rushed through ahead of the EU elections in May and has not been properly considered or consulted upon.  Indeed we know that EPS was put on the banned list just two days before the draft was agreed upon, leaving no time for a proper impact assessment.

“Whilst we fully understand and support the need to reduce land and marine litter and protect the environment, foodservice EPS was ranked 28 in the list of most frequently found items of marine litter and is well below many other items that are littered and are not on the banned list.  We are also concerned that this ban affects those least able to afford to switch to more expensive substitutes.  This type of material is most commonly used by independent take-aways and mobile caters, whose customers are least able to afford a price hike.”

A number of FPA members are directly impacted.  Distributor members will also be affected, although the ban, if adopted, is not set to come in until 2021

Ends                                                                                                                                                      7 March 2019

Issued on behalf of the Foodservice Packaging Association by Leapfrog PR. Editorial contact is Felicity@Leapfrogpr.com or call 01242 282000