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European Parliament Favors Ban To Single-use Plastic From 2021
Yangzhou Chengsen Plastics Co.,Ltd | Updated: Oct 29, 2018

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Under the draft plans adopted by EU, the use of single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021. In addition, MEPs has added to this list the products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

It is planned that member states will reduce the consumption of several other items by least 25% by 2025, for which no alternative exists. Single-use burger boxes, sandwich boxes or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts or ice creams are included in this category. Further, member states will draft national plans to promote the use of products suitable for multiple uses, as well as reusing and recycling.

Collection of other plastics, such as beverage bottles, will be done separately and they will be recycled at a rate of 90% by 2025.

Waste from tobacco products, particularly the cigarette filters containing plastic, is another area of waste reduction agreed upon by the MEPs, which needs to be reduced by 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2030. It is estimated that one cigarette butt can pollute 500 to 1000 liters of water. If this thrown on the roadway, it can take up to twelve years to disintegrate.

Member states are advised to ensure collection of at least 50% of lost or abandoned fishing gear containing plastic per year and recycling at least 15% by 2025. 27% of waste found on Europe’s beaches is of fishing gears.

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