Adhesives under the scope of the EU Single-Use Plastic Directive (EU) 2019/904
Because the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive is a directive (rather than a regulation), EU member states were required to transpose the directive into national law. In this process, the questions arose whether adhesives, which are typically polymers, should be considered a ‘plastic’ and whether the application of adhesives to an otherwise non-plastic product will convert that product into a plastic one.
The EU Commission published guidelines on the SUP Directive. With the publication of these guidelines, the status of adhesives can now be answered directly from the source texts. Thus the guidelines clarify further that adhesives are excluded from the scope of the Directive and not considered to fall under the definition of plastic.
This FEICA publication assists the industry stakeholders in communication with customers and help them to answer questions.
Publication ref.: POP-EX-K09-046