EU pushes for ban on 10 most harmful single-use plastics
With millions of tonnes of plastic washing into the oceans each year wreaking untold damage on the marine environment, the European Union is moving to put the brakes on the problem. Under proposed new rules that would apply to the entire bloc, it has taken aim at the plastic products most commonly found on its beaches and seas, which together account for 70 percent of the continent’s marine litter.
The new regulations fit into the EU’s wider Plastics Strategy, which was announced earlier in the year. Europe alone generates 25 million tonnes of plastic waste each year and recycles less than 30 percent of it. The plan aims to put a dent in the problem by eliminating the use of non-recyclable plastics by 2030, while also establishing a circular economy around the material to increase the demand for recycled alternatives.
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