EU Parliament wants single-use plastics banned by 2021

November 1, 2018

Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, and straws, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market by 2021, under draft plans approved by the EU Parliament.

The consumption of several other items, for which no alternative exists, will have to be reduced by member states by least 25% by 2025. This includes single-use burger boxes, sandwich boxes or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts or ice creams. Member states will draft national plans to encourage the use of products suitable for multiple use, as well as re-using and recycling.

Other plastics, such as beverage bottles, will have to be collected separately and recycled at a rate of 90% by 2025.

The report was adopted with 571 votes to 53 and 34 abstentions. Parliament will enter into negotiations with the European Council when EU ministers will have set their own position on the file.

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