Thursday, 13 December, 2018

European Union to put a ban on plastic straws

Theresa Hayes | 31 May, 2018, 10:50

According to the Commission, its proposal-now open for consultation-would have major economic and environmental benefits.

Incentives will be given to producers to encourage them to make disposable plastic products out of sustainable materials instead.

However some lobbyist watchdog teams warned that the efforts to approve the fee's proposed measures can be met with resistance from some quarters of the plastics and packaging trade, which view the proposed laws as "a horror prospect", stated Vicky Cann of the Company Europe Observatory, a nonprofit group that goals to reveal the results of company lobbying campaigns.

The European Commission presented news rules in Brussels on Monday meant to reduce plastic marine litter. "The same will go for straws, drink stirrers, sticks for balloons, cutlery and plates". They can do so by setting national reduction targets, making alternative products available at the point of sale, or ensuring that single-use plastic products cannot be provided free of charge.

As reported by Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's worldwide broadcaster, the draft law will include a ban on the private use of disposable plastic products like straws, plastic plates, plastic utensils, plastic coffee stirrers, cotton swabs with plastic stems and plastic balloon holders.

Vancouver is set to become the first major Canadian city to ban single-use plastic straws, polystyrene cups, and take-out containers.

The Commission also said it would force producers to assist on covering the costs of waste management and clean-up, as well as awareness-raising measures for food containers, packets, and crisps packets and candies, drink containers and cups, cigarette butts, wet wipes, sanitary pads, balloons, and lightweight plastic bags.

The European Commission is committed to reducing single use plastic, is indicated by a message.

Released on May 28, the draft rules would ban the 10 single-use plastic products said by the European Union to make up 70 per cent of all marine litter, according to a news release.

There will be even detailed labelling of products such as wet wipes balloons and sanitary towels to educate citizens of the environmental impact they have when they are not disposed of correctly.

Meanwhile, producers of fishing gear - which makes up just over a quarter of all beach litter - would be required to cover the cost of collecting, transporting and recycling that discarded gear.

On Monday, the draft rules were released but it needs the approval of all EU member states and the European Parliament.