EU moves closer to ban on single-use plasticsThursday, 01 November 2018 16:33
The Commission had proposed in May to ban a dozen disposable products for which there are already alternative solutions. These include cotton swabs, plates, cutlery, balloon sticks, and stirrers.
The Parliament, which discussed a report by Euro-parliamentarian Frédérique Ries (Reformist Movement, MR) two weeks ago, added polystyrene food and drink containers, along with plastic wrapping and straws that are oxy-degradable, i.e. break down into small bits, but are not entirely biodegradable.
With fishing equipment also targeted, single-use plastics represent 70% of marine waste found on European beaches. The European Parliament has also tightened up on the responsibility of producers by highlighting the polluter-pays principle.
The Brussels Times
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