European Parliament Approves Ban On Single-Use Plastics

24th October 2018

The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups.

The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single-use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans.

MEPs backed a ban on plastic cutlery and plates, cotton buds, straws, drink stirrers and balloon sticks.

The proposal also calls for a reduction in single-use plastic for food and drink containers like plastic cups.

The measure is expected to go through, with the EU hoping it will go into effect across the bloc by 2021.

Frédérique Ries, the MEP responsible for the bill, said it was "a victory for our oceans, for the environment and for future generations."

The EU's research on the topic says about 150,000 tonnes of plastic are tossed into European waters every year.

An estimated eight million tonnes of plastic enters the world's oceans annually, which has a vastly negative effect on marine life.


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