Council bans single-use plastics

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An excavator transports plastic waste at the ALBA Group recycling plant in Berlin, Germany, 15 August 2017 (issued 17 August 2017). Some 140.000 tons of plastic waste per year are processed at the plant of the ALBA Group in Berlin. According to a European Union report, one third of all plastic waste in EU is sent to a landfill instead of it being recycled. According to a EU estimate, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans, much of it breaking into small particles called microplastic, harming all sea life. The EU has activated the 'Circular Economy Action Package', adopted in December 2015, making plastics a priority. While plastic waste already needs to be collected separately, the 'Package' proposes raising the recycling target for plastic packaging to 55 per cent, and reducing landfilling to no more than 10 per cent by 2030. A EU environment paper says the European Commission is preparing a new dedicated plastics strategy aimed at helping Europe improve recycling, cut marine litter, and remove potentially dangerous chemicals.

Council bans single-use plastics


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The Council adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products.
The single-use plastics directive sets stricter rules for the types of products and packaging which are among the top ten most frequently found items polluting European beaches.
The new rules ban the use of certain throwaway plastic products for which alternatives exist. In addition, specific measures are introduced to reduce the use of the most frequently littered plastic products.
The formal adoption of the new rules by the Council today is the final step in the procedure.

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