Seymour, Ind., June 4, 2013 (PBBR) - Italy's plastic bag ban has created some controversy among members of the European Commission (EC).
The United Kingdom, with beaches that are clogged with plastic litter, is fighting Italy on its plastic bag ban because it is not sanctioned by the EC under current rules of packaging.
The situation is drawing ire from Britain's own environmentalist. Also, the Daily Mail newspaper published an article on May 29 calling the Ministers' action 'plastic bag hypocrisy'.
A press release from Cereplast, Inc. stated, "The government of the United Kingdom ("UK") is using the European Union ("EU") legal system in an attempt to influence the Italian legislation that enforces sanctions on merchants that do not discontinue the use of traditional single-use plastic bags in favor of bioplastic and other alternatives. Cereplast anticipates that this move will simply delay the law from going into full effect until Summer/Fall 2013."
Italy's ban on single-use plastic bags mandates that merchants discontinue the use of traditional single-use plastic bags in favor of bioplastic bags that are biodegradable and compostable or meet other specific requirements.
Cereplast Chairman and CEO Mr. Frederic Scheer commented, "When dealing with government bodies and new legislation there are often times hurdles that occur, particularly when there is lobbying pressure from the traditional plastics industry. I am not overly concerned about the timing of the outcome, and expect that this is a minor pause in the full impact of the law.
Amidst this delay, we are manufacturing and seeking new market opportunities every day, as well as expanding our current customer base and attracting new customers who are adopting biodegradable alternatives such as ours. This legislation has survived multiple legal actions, and each time it has prevailed. The overall sentiment among the EU is supportive of this legislation as we are seeing other countries move towards outright plastic bag bans, in addition to the countries that have already imposed fines.
In the meantime, we have utilized this time wisely by completing our required certifications, which are required by many large retailers that continue to transition to bioplastic alternatives in lieu of traditional plastic bags, despite the recent move by the UK. The Company will continue to pursue strategic target clients in anticipation of the sanctions becoming effective."
Mr. Scheer continued, "Additionally, in the United States, the plastics industry is lobbying heavily to prevent similar wide-spread laws from being passed, and yet year after year, there continues to be a movement toward the abolition of the single-use plastic bag. Today, cities such as San Francisco, Portland and Seattle have been successful despite the opposition, and this will likely continue to be the trend in the US for the next few years as people work toward state-wide legislation."
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