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Plastics Products

Demand For Single Use Plastics Expected to Decrease

There has been a sharp increase in the amount of plastic pollution in oceans as a result of the pandemic, according to the Ocean Plastics Leadership Network. During the early stages of the pandemic several regions suspended bans on single use plastics to reduce  COVID-19 transmission. However, current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is that the risk of catching coronavirus from plastic surfaces is low. Many industry analysts expect that new guidance around virus transmission along with growing concern about increased plastic pollution will lead to plastic bans being reintroduced and may result in even tighter restrictions on plastics in the future.

Demand for single use plastic bags in particular is expected to decrease as suspensions of bans on them end. Philadelphia reinstated its 2019 ban on single use plastic bags on July 1. Meanwhile, an EU directive restricting the sale and use of 10 single use plastic items including cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and sticks for balloons as well as cups and food and drink containers made of expanded polystyrene officially came into law this month. It is hoped that this measure will promote the adoption of a circular economy with a focus on reusing materials. 

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