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EU Parliament: stop to disposable plastic products and packages. Now, it’s up to the Council to decide

(Strasbourg) Stop to disposable plastics, such as cutlery, straws, cotton buds, drink mixers, balloon sticks: actually, today, during its plenary meeting in Strasbourg, the European Parliament passed a ban on the use of some disposable plastic items in the EU, which account for 70% of marine litter. If finally approved by the EU Council, from 2021 the new regulation will ban the sale of such items within the European Union. The European Parliament wanted to include lightweight plastic bags, packaging bags, polystyrene fast-food boxes, in the original regulation. “The member states will have to reduce consumption of plastic products for which there are no alternative options by 25% before 2025. Such items include disposable hamburger and sandwich boxes, as well as food-grade containers for fruit and vegetables, desserts and ice-creams”, a notice explains. Other plastic products, such as bottles for drinks, will have to be separately collected and 90% recycled by 2025. The member states are expected to develop national policies to encourage the use of reusable products, as well as reuse and recycling. The report was passed with 571 votes in favour, 53 votes against, and 34 abstentions. The EU Parliament will start negotiating with the EU Council as soon as the MEPs agree on a common position.

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