The End of Single Use Plastic in the EU?


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Last week, Wednesday 31 October 2018, EU lawmakers added their voices to a growing number of governments who are acting to stop plastic pollution.  They voted 571 to 53 in favour of a complete ban of ten, single use plastic items by 2021, and agreed on plans for further reduction methods.

They following, under draft plans, needs to be approved by EU member states:

  • plates, cutlery, straws, stirrers, balloon sticks and cotton buds, to be banned from 2021
  • MEPs added oxo-plastics and certain polystyrenes,such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers
  • plastics where no alternatives available to be reduced by at least 25% by 2025
  • measures against cigarette filters and lost fishing gear

Some have already voiced concerns that it will be “too difficult” to implement. The EU parliament will enter into negotiations with Council when EU ministers have set their own position on the file.

These products make up 70% of marine litter, and each of the items on the proposed banned list already has a readily available alternative.


5 November 2018