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European Union targets 10 single-use plastic products in new proposals

European Union targets 10 single-use plastic products in new proposals

EU Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans who is responsible for sustainable development said plastic waste was "a big problem" as it "ends up in our air, our soil, our oceans, and in our food".

The proposal, which is created to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, and in particular the marine environment, sets a number of different policy measures to tackle these problematic single-use products, from bans and reduction efforts, to labelling and extended producer responsibility schemes [2].

"Plastic can be fantastic, but we need to use it more responsibly", Jyrki Katainen, a European Commission vice president, said in a press release announcing the draft rules.

The European Commission presented a strategy on plastic.

Vancouver has become the first major city in Canada to ban plastic straws, polystyrene foam cups, and takeout containers! In other cases, the incentive to look for more sustainable solutions can give companies the technological lead over global competitors.

The proposals call for banning banning plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks, but it did not set a deadline.

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The European Commission presented news rules in Brussels on Monday meant to reduce plastic marine litter. He said he urged the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to consider these proposals as soon as possible. While there have been smaller-scale bans on single-use plastic items-Seattle and Malibu are both introducing such measures, and the U.K.is considering the same-an EU-wide push would be a very big deal indeed.

Plastic ban in certain products: Where alternatives are readily available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the market.

Such a ban at the European Union level would remove the uncertainty regarding whether national bans on single-use plastic products contravene the rules of the Single Market and the free movement of goods, capital, services and labour.

The plan is also aimed at manufacturers of fishing tackle, which account for 27% of waste that appears on beaches, to assume part of costs of ir collection in ports, and of transport and subsequent treatment. Sanitary towels, wet wipes and balloons would be subjected to labeling requirements that indicate proper disposal practices, while producers would be required to implement measures that raise littering awareness.

Members of the European Parliament and the EU Council will now be able to amend and tinker with the text in a process that is nearly certain to last until after the United Kingdom leaves the bloc, which means it will not be transposed into British law.


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