BRUSSELS, Nov. 1, 2018 (PPI Europe) -The members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have adopted a complete ban on single-use cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers from 2021. These products represent over 70% of marine litter, they said.
The MEPs have also added oxo-plastics and certain polystyrenes to the draft, such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.
When there is no available alternative, they also set up national reduction targets. Plastics will have to be reduced by at least 25% by 2025 for 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 European Parliament said.
Reduction measures should also cover waste from tobacco products, including cigarette filters containing plastic, which would have to be reduced by 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2030.
Member states should also ensure that at least 50% of lost or abandoned fishing gear containing plastic is collected per year, with a recycling target of at least 15% by 2025.
“Member states would have to ensure that tobacco companies cover the costs of waste collection for those products, including transport, treatment and litter collection. The same goes for producers of fishing gear containing plastic, who will need to contribute to meeting the recycling target,” the draft said.
The draft will need to be approved by member states after negotiations which are slated for November.