EU Single-Use Plastics Ban
The European Parliament has voted in favor of a single-use plastics ban!
This is HUGE. If this measure goes through to become a directive, and it is expected to with overwhelming support, member states will be required to take action to ban or reduce single-use/throwaway plastics from the EU market by 2021 and hold producers of these plastic products accountable. Here’s what members of the Parliament voted 571-53 to adopt:
A ban on single-use plastic cutlery, plates, straws, stirrers, balloon sticks, cotton buds; oxo-degradable plastics like grocery bags and packaging; takeaway containers made of polystyrene. These plastic items were selected for the ban because “readily available alternatives” exist.
A 25% reduction target for other plastics not banned because alternatives do not exist. EU News lists examples as “single-use burger boxes, sandwich boxes, or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts, or ice creams.”
A 90% collection, separation, and recycling target for beverage bottles.
Detailed measures to reduce marine pollution from cigarette butts and lost/abandoned fishing gear.
These goals are ambitious, but I have faith. This is not just an environmental issue. It’s turning into an economic issue. And when money is at stake, things get done.