The end of the non-degradable cups or straws.
The European Parliament has approved a ban on selected disposable plastics since 2021. At the same time, it has set new rules for the behavior of the state and companies in the field of plastic waste management. Environmentalists celebrate, according to them, this is a historic moment.
The European Parliament confirmed the ban on plastic cups, straws, flying balloons, bags, cutlery or food boxes. Authorization to sell these products will expire in 2021, so manufacturers will have to look for other faster degradable materials for these products. At the same time, the Parliament approved new targets for reducing plastic consumption or the obligation for producers to participate financially in waste management.
At the same time, Member States must ensure that up to 90% of beverage bottles are collected by 2025, for example, utilizing a refundable deposit system. And EU countries are also required to increase consumer awareness of the harmful effects of plastic ejection.
Of the 658 MEPs voting, 571 voted in favor of the European Commission’s tightened proposal.
The EU has approved a ban on disposable plastics.
“It is essential to reduce disposable plastics. The EU must be a key player in finding solutions to this problem. However, I abstained in the final because the proposal does not correspond to the real conditions.
“Without plastic straws or stirrers, we will certainly be able to do it, and no one will limit it in any way, nor does it have a major impact on the end prices of the products offered. On the contrary, it will help the environment fundamentally”.
“It’s the end of a littering society. The whole European Union wants to reuse and recycle things. Member State governments should not be fooled by the enticements of large polluters to soften the directive to reduce plastic pollution. ”
Also, according to Jan Freidinger of Greenpeace, this is a historical moment. But he warns against exaggerated optimism. “Plastic pollution is all around us, in the water, the soil, and the air we breathe. But there is no time to celebrate, the regulation will be voted on by the Member States, and there is already an apparent attempt by some industry to limit the directive’s capacity. The countries that are most responsible for plastic pollution, such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé, are putting pressure on states,” Freidinger said.
Finally, “Prevention, reuse, and recycling are now priorities for the Union.”