The ministry stressed that the prohibition of these types of goods and packaging can be introduced only after the creation of infrastructure for the production of substitute alternative products
The list of alternative types of goods and packaging has already been prepared. For example, the ministry suggests that straws, stirrers, tableware utensils and cotton swabs could be replaced with paper, wood or other materials of plant origin. It also suggests replacing the blister pack with a paper one.
It is proposed to abandon bags and films made of polymeric materials in favor of reusable products. However, no alternative to plastic coffee capsules have been found yet.
About the ban
Earlier on Friday, Russian Natural Resources Minister Alexander Kozlov said that his ministry had sent a proposal to the Industry and Trade Ministry to ban the use of 28 disposable types of packaging and goods in Russia.
In late May, Deputy Prime Minister Viktoria Abramchenko announced that the government is going to ban the use of colored plastic, plastic straws, disposable plastic at the legislative level. She said that the government was preparing the appropriate amendments, subsequently insisting that the ban would not lead to a spike in prices.
According to the new EPR concept (extended producer responsibility), starting on January 1, 2022, a 100% recycling standard has been established for packaging, which accounts for up to 50% of the total volume of municipal solid waste, and by 2030, the volume of waste sent for disposal will be halved. For companies that are not ready to dispose of packaging on their own, an environmental fee will be established.