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The EU wants to prevent a plastic bottle cap to the end of the sea – the new directive will endanger Finland's well-functioning bottle return system

the World ocean is more than 150 million tons of plastic garbage. It is the same as all the Finnish passenger cars – time 37.

in the EU turning to the use of disposable plastic products for the use of the SUP directive (you move to another service)goal is to prevent plastic waste from ending up in the sea and reduce the use of plastic.

the Objective is good, but the brewing and soft drinks industry it means plastic use increase. The cap of attaching the bottles would also require extensive changes to the bottle return system.

the Reason for this is that five years after the cork is to keep plastic drink bottles in the bottle throughout its period of use.

well, according to our directive will increase the use of plastic at least grams per bottle, tells the Brewing and soft drinks industry managing director Riikka Pakarinen .

Plastic bottle cap is a 5 years years be affixed to the bottle. Still don't know how to do it.Riikka Pennanen / Yle

in Finland, the bottle return becomes 460 million plastic bottles a year. When each of them is added grams of plastic, it means nearly half a million pound growth in plastic consumption.

So the more plastic should be used about 300 passenger car weight.

a Well-functioning return system in danger

in Finland, the return of empties to slip to around 15 plastic bottles per second.

– do we according to the survey, almost all the returned plastic bottles is a cap involved, only 4% of the returns without it, explains the director of Tommi Vihavainen the Finnish return packaging Oy.

more Than half of the plastic bottle around the back to use as a new bottle in.

bottle return vending machine to flatten plastic bottles, so that they can accommodate the transport container as much as possible.Riikka Pennanen / Yle

a cap of attaching the bottles require significant changes to the bottle return system.

Returns machine loose swinging cap can compromise the bottle identification. If the bottle is not recognized, it will also not pledge.

This is a big risk that the current good work the bottle return is compromised and the consumers ' recycling into the can weaken, said Vihavainen.

Finland has eight processing center, where the used plastic bottles end up in a baling machine. Riikka Pennanen / ylepohjois countries lost the cap battle

the EU's SUP-the directive for the study was, what garbage our oceans, beaches find the most.

Atlantic coast you will find a lot of plastic bottle caps. The baltic coast and the Finnish coast of these bottle caps is not found, because we have a very functional bottle return system, says Pakarinen.

the Atlantic coast of the plastic beverage bottles and caps are a common sight. In finland the most common plastic includes beach debris is cigarette butts.Riikka Pennanen / Yle

Then, when done with common European legislation and the creation of the directive, it applies to all countries.

While Finland is the bottles in the recycling world, we cannot avoid the requirement to cap the pay of bottles.

Because the directive does not contain in this respect any exception the possibility of any of the member states, as a constructive starting point would be to consider innovation. Is the cap to hang from the bottle or could the solution be something else? asks the legislative council of the Catherine wound pools the environment ministry.

the ”cap closed” requirement of the related EU standardisation work is likely to start in the spring. Product manufacturers should actively participate in the standard preparation also innovaatioden development point of view.

the Brewing and soft drinks industry has been influencing things since the beginning, says Riikka Pakarinen.

– finland's trying to suggest that the adjust would prefer a bottle of repayment obligations and high goals throughout Europe, but Southern Europe was not ready and the nordic countries remained at this disadvantage.

Breweries, the line of change would mean millions of euros of extra investment costs.Marten Lampén / Yle

the brewing industry cap for attachment to means plastic use increase, but also large investments. In practice, the entire beverage manufacturing - and transportation system should be changed, said Pakarinen.

for Example, five million plastic cell, in which the bottles are transported to the store, have new or throw away.

– So, yes, this means a huge investment for companies.

Also disposable plastic products for recycling

the world of ocean sailing in the same amount of plastic trash as the EU has produced cheese in the last 15 years.

One piece of cheese is not much, but in 15 years they accumulated 150 million tons.

Each garbage is really matter.

the Biggest reason why plastic junk (move to another service) end up in the ocean, is developing a non-existent waste management. The west drain to the seas, mostly micro plastics.

a consulting company Ekoleima Ay has made the ministry of the environment report to the SUP-directive.

– If you wanted to reduce the marine plastic garbage, would be directed to the development grants of the waste management establishment of developing countries, said Ekoleima ceo Raimo Lily .

Large plastic trash end up in the seas from developing countries, which do not have functioning waste management.Riikka Pennanen / Yle

the Lily according to the most radical summary of the SUP-directive is the fact that some of the use of disposable plastic products on the market calculation is prohibited by law.

after Five years, plastic juice straws, cotton swabs and styrofoam, manufactured cups and fast food packaging sales is unlawful. Inter alia, in agriculture, roofing plastic, I used the oxo plastic are prohibited, as they decompose into micro plastic.

in Addition to the plastic collection and recycling producer responsibility (you move to another service) should also be further expanded from the current.

processing plant plastic bottle bales are leaving the recycling facility, where they manufacture new bottles from raw materials.Jarkko Riikonen / Yle

currently, producer responsibility applies only to plastic packaging, but in the future it will extend to also disposable plastic products, which can not be recycled. These include balloons, plastic fishing equipment and wet wipes.

producer responsibility extended to our general garbage, cigarette butts. Butts recycling is impossible, because they have the messed up plastic and organic material.

cigarette butts is our general junk. The responsibility for their collection and recycling belong in future to the producer.Tiina Jensen / Yle

the Producers should participate in waste management but also roskaantuu the area of cleaning as well as education costs. Lily suspects that this may cause controversy among producers and between municipalities about who pays for it.

– Positive of this is that now Finnish wood kiss is opportunity to get a foothold in the European market for disposable plastics replacement products.

in Finland, I already found a biodegradable replacement for juice straw, disposable aterimilla and, inter alia, the instant coffee pod.

But still no data on how a cap for attaching the plastic bottles do.

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