Single Use Plastic Directive published

The Single Use Plastic Directive 2019/904 is now officially published.

Plastic pollution in GhanaThe Single Use Plastic Directive 2019/904 is a new legislation aiming to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. The Directive enters into force on 3 July 2019.

There will be EU wide market restrictions (ban) on the following plastic products (Member States shall apply these measures no later than 2 years after the entry into force of the Directive):

Plastic cotton bud sticks, cutlery, plates, straws, stirrers, sticks for balloons

  • All products made of oxo-plastic
  • Cups, food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene


The Commission will issue guidelines to help Member States to implement the Directive as well as several implementing acts.

Please download a summary of the Directive here and the entire Directive can be downloaded here.