The European Commission (EU), the bloc’s executive arm, proposed the curbs in May 2018 and representatives of EU governments and the 751-seat Parliament reached a negotiated deal in December.
Thursday 28, March 2019
(Bloomberg) --The European Union decided to ban plastic consumer items including plates, cutlery and straws as of 2021 to help clean up oceans.
The prohibition on single-use plastics approved by the European Parliament, also applies to beverage cups, food containers and cotton bud sticks. EU governments have already signalled support for the ban, making their final approval due on 15 April a formality.
With plastics accounting for around 80 percent of marine litter, the EU rushed through deliberations on the planned restrictions in less than a year.
Frederique Ries, a Belgian member, said, “Plastics poison our seas, if we do not take action, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.”
The new legislation also sets a 90 percent collection target for plastic bottles by 2029 and a 30 percent goal for recycled material in them by 2030.