Agnieszka Pomaska

Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021
24.10.2018, written by

  • single-use cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers to be banned from 2021
  • MEPs added oxo-plastics and certain polystyrenes
  • plastics where no alternatives available to be reduced by at least 25% by 2025
  • measures against cigarette filters and lost fishing gear

Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday.

These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by Parliament.

MEPs added to this list of plastics banned from the EU market from 2021: products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

National reduction targets for other non-banned plastics

The consumption of several other items, for which no alternative exists, will have to be reduced by member states by least 25% by 2025. This includes 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.

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source: europarl.europa.eu