European Union, Single use plastic

The European Union, Single use plastic has decided to ban on single-use plastics items like straws, cotton buds and cutlery by 2025 on Monday. These proposals are given in the growing EU drive for the environment and to get rid of the plastic waste which is now the primary concern which arises in the food chain.

The European Commission is planning to ban single-use plastic things which are accounted for about 70 percent of all garbages in the European Union’s water and beaches. The rules of the draft which are unveiled on Monday said that it needs the approval of all EU member states and the European Parliament. To bring this law, it could take about 3-4 years for the Union.

According to the Frans Timmermans, who is the EU First Vice President said, “Plastic waste is undeniably a big issue and Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem. Today’s proposals will reduce single-use plastics on our supermarket shelves through a range of measures.”

The legislation is not aiming to ban plastic products but also wants that the plastic producers should bear the cost of waste management and all the cleaning efforts. If this law comes to force, then EU could collect 90 percent of single-use plastic bottles by the year 2025, and it will be through the recycling programs.

When these rules are enforced, the European Commission has estimated that it will cost businesses over $3.5 billion per year. It will also help consumers to save about $7.6 billion per year and along with it will create nearly 30,000 jobs and will avoid $25.6 billion in environmental cleanup costs.

As per the Plastic Industry group said, they support this objective in theory but the companies are not in position for the bans, and it is not the solution for this.



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