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EU proposes to ban plastic straws, stirs, and cotton buds

EU proposes bloc-wide ban on single-use plastics EU proposes ban on straws, other single-use plastics
Doris Mccormick | 31 May, 2018, 05:02

The European Commission wants to ban single-use plastic products like disposable cutlery, straws and cotton buds to fight the plastic epidemic littering our oceans - months after China banned millions of tons of imported EU waste.

Earlier it was reported that the EU does not intend to abandon the use of plastic, however, the European Commission (EC) aims to make plastic more recyclable, according to Twitter Vice-President of the EC Jyrki Katainen. "It is a sign that re is much more to be done in Commission", he said in midst of his speech.

"It is crucial that the concept of reduction remains at the heart of the European Union plastics strategy and pressure is kept on industry to explore alternatives to single-use plastics" she said.

The European Commission proposed a total ban on many single-use plastic and measures to reduce the consumption of others in the latest move to reduce marine pollution and carbon emissions. In other cases, the incentive to look for more sustainable solutions can give companies the technological lead over global competitors.

The European Commission presented news rules in Brussels on Monday meant to reduce plastic marine litter.

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- Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) May 28, 2018Today @EU_Commission released a proposal to reduce the impact of single-use plastic and lost fishing gear on #OurOcean - while a step in the right direction, it doesn't go far enough. They can do so by setting national reduction targets, making alternative products available at the point of sale, or ensuring that single-use plastic products cannot be provided free of charge.

In 2014, Timmermans, also responsible for better regulation, opposed the European Parliament on the rules in a directive on plastic bags, called it "overregulation" and thought that there later would be problems with the implementation.

Plastic ban in certain products: Where alternatives are readily available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the market.

There will be even detailed labelling of products such as wet wipes balloons and sanitary towels to educate citizens of the environmental impact they have when they are not disposed of correctly.

Meanwhile, producers of fishing gear - which makes up just over a quarter of all beach litter - would be required to cover the cost of collecting, transporting and recycling that discarded gear. They notably welcomed measures that urged producers to share duty for elevating consciousness and managing waste.

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