REO has prepared a list of non-recyclable packaging

The Russian Ecological Operator (REO) has prepared and submitted for consideration to the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation a list of non-recyclable goods and packaging, for which it is recommended to ban the introduction and circulation on the market of the Russian Federation.

REO - what is it? 

The Russian Ecological Operator (REO) is a public nonprofit entity established by decree of the President of the Russian Federation on January 14, 2019. The Russian Ecological Operator is a relatively young company, but has already occupied a certain niche on the Russian market. The main task of this public company is to create an effective system for collecting and processing municipal solid waste. REO tests and recommends modern solutions in the field of waste management, ecology and recycling.

Importance of recycling

The problem of the accumulation of garbage and environmental pollution in our time is extremely serious. An effective way to solve this problem is to sort waste and recycle it. Some types of waste can be recycled and reused many times. These include: glass, plastic, paper, metal products. Such action allows to reduce the number of landfills, clean the air and water reservoirs, and also gives time for replenishment of natural resources. In Russia, the recycling culture is only just beginning to develop.

What kind of products are on the list?

The list of non-recyclable products includes 28 items. These are among others:

  • cotton swabs
  • disposable plastic plates and straws
  • toothpaste tubes
  • various types of packaging and bags (stand-up pouch, packaging in flow pack bags, etc.)
  • plastic coffee capsules
  • egg and tobacco packaging
  • disposable cutlery
  • colored PET bottles

Experts considered it necessary to ban the sale of these goods in retail and replace them with more environmentally friendly alternatives. This list is to become part of the documents used to develop the rules for implementing the concept of extended producer responsibility.