The EU Is Moving to Ban 10 of The Worst Single-Use Plastic Products

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If there’s a race to clean up the world’s oceans, the European Union wants to come first.

Leading the way on an issue with global implications, the European Comission (EC) has announced an ambitious new policy to crack down on the top 10 single-use plastics most commonly found on beaches.

The amount of plastic that humans use and then carelessly throw away is a mass so great it will leave you dumbfounded with your jaw on the table.

Every year, the world produces around 300 million tons of plastic, and every year, about 10 million tonnes of that plastic winds up in our oceans. Europe alone produces 25 million tonnes of plastic waste each year, and less than 30 percent of that is recycled.

“Plastic waste is undeniably a big issue and Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem,” said Frans Timmermans, first vice-president of the EX.

“Today’s proposals will reduce single-use plastics on our supermarket shelves through a range of measures.”

If approved by the EU’s member states, the new policy would severely restrict and at times even ban plastic products – including plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks – while also making sure to substitute the products with cleaner alternatives.

While plastic bottles are conspicuously missing from the list, the new policy will unroll a sweeping cleanup effort that aims to collect nearly all plastic bottles for recycling by 2025.

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This article and images were originally posted on [ScienceAlert] May 30, 2018 at 03:18AM. Credit to Author and ScienceAlert | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day





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