The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation as a whole supports the idea of ​​phasing out the use of polymers in packaging, but calls for caution in approaching the possibility of banning plastic bags, Viktor Yevtukhov, State Secretary and Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, told TASS.

“The Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade supports the idea of ​​phasing out and phasing out certain types of disposable and difficult to process goods, containers and packaging, for example, composite packaging,” Yevtukhov said.

“At the same time, we consider the ban on plastic bags to be an additional economic constraint for market participants. Therefore, we urge that the ban on the use of plastic bags as packaging be handled with caution and act in accordance with the technical regulations of the Customs Union,” Yevtukhov noted.

According to him, reducing the consumption of hard-to-process plastics in Russia will increase the capacity of the domestic paper packaging market, and production capacities are ready for this growth. “Currently, the production of paper containers and packaging is carried out by such large companies as: Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill, ZAO NP NP LCh KBK im. S. P. Titova “, a group of Gotek enterprises that are continuously modernizing their production and releasing all new types of packaging from paper and cardboard,” the deputy minister said.

Yevtukhov also stressed that the processing of multilayer and composite containers and packaging in Russia is expensive and still economically unprofitable. “At the same time, there are high solvent demand for a number of secondary polymers, for example, from PET bottles (polyethylene terephthalate), which stimulates the selection of these materials from MSW,” he added.

Yevtukhov noted that waste management is a top priority of state policy, with issues of production of biodegradable packaging and organization of a closed-loop economy taking on a special role.

Earlier, the press service of Rospotrebnadzor announced that it was proposing to amend the legislation, having worked out the issues of phasing out the production of disposable plastic bags for retail trade, as well as their reuse.