The EU Is Getting Serious About Reducing Single-Use Plastic Consumption

The EU Is Getting Serious About Reducing Single-Use Plastic Consumption

The EU Is Getting Serious About Reducing Single-Use Plastic Consumption

Timmermans says that this proposal would help introduce cleaner alternatives to plastics so that people could continue to enjoy the use of their favorite products. "Plastic waste is undeniably a big issue and Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem, because plastic waste ends up in our air, our soil, our oceans, and in our food". While many locations are acting to ban plastic bags or plastic straws, the EU Commission's proposed restrictions are wide-ranging.

The Commission writes now that tackling the plastics problem is a must and can bring new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and job creation.

Forty-six billion bottles, 36 billion straws, 16 billion espresso cups and two billion plastic takeout containers are consumed yearly within the European Union, in response to a 2017 report from Seas at Threat, an umbrella group of environmental teams throughout Europe that promote marine safety. Companies will also be offered incentives to develop less polluting alternatives.

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The proposal, which was announced by the EU's executive on Monday, wants to ban any single-use plastic item for which a non-plastic alternative is readily available.

The plan will now go to the European Parliament and Council for consideration.

The draft rules would ban the 10 single-use plastic products that make up 70 percent of all marine litter, according to a news release.

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Shocking research estimates that - at our current rate of waste and production - the ocean will contain more plastic than fish (on a weight ratio) by 2050.

There will be even detailed labelling of products such as wet wipes balloons and sanitary towels to educate citizens of the environmental impact they have when they are not disposed of correctly.

The city of Vancouver states that if reduction goals are not met by 2021, it will place a full ban on disposable cups and single-use plastic bags. Plastic cotton swabs, plates and drink stirrers are also included in the ban. It is a good signal that producers of fishing nets will now have to cover the costs of collection of old nets delivered to port facilities.

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Members of the European Parliament and the EU Council will now be able to amend and tinker with the text in a process that is nearly certain to last until after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc, which means it will not be transposed into British law.

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