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The EU agreed on a ban of single-use plastic

plastic plates, drinking straws and other disposable plastic products will be banned in the EU. On Parliament and the EU member States agreed under the merchants of Europe. It is mainly about the protection of the oceans.

The European ban on the use of disposable products made of plastic. Negotiators of the European Parliament and the EU member States agreed in Brussels on the details.

The EU Commission had proposed in may to prohibit once for utensils, straws, cotton swabs, and other disposable articles made of plastic. The amount of food packaging and drinking cups to be pushed back. The measures are intended to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.4 million tons. By 2030, the environmental damage to the value of € 22 billion could be avoided, it said. Consumers could save up to 6.5 billion euros.

The Commission justified the move primarily with the protection of the oceans. More than 80 percent of the garbage in the oceans are plastic. The ban is intended to contribute to the masses of plastic waste in the environment and in the world's oceans to contain.

schedules easily

EU-Parliament and EU-countries had changed the plans in the legislative process easily. You need to confirm the agreement of the negotiators, officially. The Changes are expected to be in a good two years to come into force.

The Changes are designed to help the plastic waste in the oceans of the world contain.

The strategy on plastic waste is expected to bring for almost everyone in daily life noticeable changes. Only items for which there are already better Alternatives to be from the beginning of 2021. This includes air balloon rods. In addition, to apply for a series of one-off products with a certain content of Plastic - such as wet wipes - a labelling requirement. It should also be on the negative environmental effects.

No new Deposit system

cover of disposable bottles made of plastic may be brought five years after the entry into force of the scheme only in circulation, if you are not connected to the bottle so that they land separately in the environment. The German environment Minister, Svenja Schulze had demanded instead, a Deposit system should be introduced. Most of the bottles for the Deposit will be given back with the lid, it was said by the Ministry to justify. No EU-wide majority.

Important is the package especially for the plastics industry. According to the authorities, they made 2015 a turnover of 340 billion euros and employed 1.5 million people.

part of the new strategy, the participation of producers to the costs for the collection and recycling of the products concerned. So, for example, the tobacco industry could be in the future, for the Collection of cigarette butts to the cashier asked. "Who is disposable making articles, such as cigarettes, will in the future need to take more responsibility for the waste take on," said Schulze, the Newspapers of the Funke media group.

EU Parliament approves single-use plastic ban, 24.10.2018 EU plastic ban: "A radical beginning," 28.05.2018 Atlas |Belgium |Brussels

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