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European Parliament Approves Single-Use Plastic Ban
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European Parliament Approves Single-Use Plastic Ban

The European parliament has backed a ban on single-use plastics, in an effort to tackle plastic pollution.

Under the proposal, 10 single-use plastic products would be banned by 2021 and EU states obliged to recycle 90% of plastic bottles by 2025. China last year banned the imports of 24 varieties of solid waste, including types of plastic and unsorted paper, putting pressure on Europe to deal with its own waste.

The consumption of several other items, for which no alternative exists, will have to be reduced by member states by at least 25% by 2025. This includes single-use burger boxes, sandwich boxes or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts or ice creams. Member states will draft national plans to encourage the use of products suitable for multiple use, as well as re-using and recycling.

According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The products covered by these restrictions constitute 70% of all marine litter items.

 

Author: DelAgua

Publish Date: 25.10.2018

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