Packaging made from d2w Controlled-life Plastic complies with paras. 1 2 3(a), (b) and (d) of Annex II of the European Parliament and Council Directive 94/62/EC (as amended) on Packaging and Packaging Waste. This Annex specifies the essential requirements for the composition and the reusable and recoverable, including recyclable, nature of packaging.
d2w plastic satisfies para. 3(a) because it can be recycled. It satisfies para. 3(b) because it can be incinerated. It satisfies para. 3(d) because it is capable of undergoing physical, chemical, thermal or biological decomposition such that most of the finished compost ultimately decomposes into carbon dioxide, biomass and water. It can even satisfy para. 3(c) if composted in an “in-vessel” process.
The then EU Environment Commissioner, Margot Wallstrőm, said, in a letter to the Irish MEP Avril Doyle on 18thFebruary 2002 that “it would be consistent with the spirit of Community environment policy and legislation if a member state applying a plastic bag tax were to decide to adopt a more beneficial tax rate in relation to biodegradable carrier bags.”
See Legislation on OPA website – http://www.biodeg.org/legislation/
There will always be a need for shops and supermarkets to supply plastic carrier bags and other plastic products to their customers, but such is the inertia in the retail industry that they will continue to supply conventional plastics unless Governments give financial incentives to use the Controlled-life alternative, as the UK Government did a few years ago with unleaded petrol.
In 2010 the Government of the United Arab Emirates passed legislation to require all short-life plastic products to be oxo-biodegradable.