EU Commission plans ban on plastic waste

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That is why the Commission's new proposal targets items like plastic straws, cotton buds and cutlery.

"We're targeting the 10 most commonly found single use plastic items that have a great chance of ending up as litter, which are very hard to recyle" according to EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

The proposals do not set targets for European Union countries to reduce the use of plastic cups and food containers, it said.

European Green Party lawmaker Monica Frassoni also welcomed the initiative and said: 'The scale of the problem means that we can not rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response'.

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The Rethink Plastic Alliance - an association of environmental organizations - called the proposals "a leap forward in tackling plastic pollution" but criticized some perceived shortcomings. Plastic cotton swabs, plates and drink stirrers are also included in the ban.

According to the proposal, the Commission picked a medium-high impact approach aimed at reducing litter in the oceans by helping to change consumer behaviour. Underneath the proposed measures, every nation must conduct awareness-raising academic campaigns in regards to the disposal of "tobacco product filters", and producers must share the prices of waste administration.

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. "In other cases, the incentive to look for more sustainable solutions can give companies the technological lead over global competitors".

"We anticipate to see an enormous backlash from producers within the subsequent months, who've already been very vocal in opposition to bans and monetary obligations on producers, and who insist voluntary initiatives are sufficient to finish the plastic disaster", Ms.

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After addressing plastic bags in 2015, 72% of Europeans said they have cut down on their use of plastic bags (Eurobarometer).

Labelling Requirements: Certain products will require a clear and standardised labelling which indicates how waste should be disposed, the negative environmental impact of the product, and the presence of plastics in the products.

Once the consultation has run its course, it will need to be approved by the European Parliament and EU member states before coming into force.

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