STRASBOURG (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers started Wednesday to ban widespread plastic waste, such as straws, sacks and cotton swabs, and encourage manufacturers to recycle more to eliminate marine pollution.
FILE PHOTO: Plastic bags and bottles will be distributed during an event in Singapore on April 28, 201
The proposal, which is largely supported by the European Parliament, is disposable. Products with readily available alternatives would be banned until 2021. The EU states would have to recycle 90 percent of the plastic bottles by 2025, while the producers would help to cover the costs of waste management.
EU legislators added very light plastic bags, polystyrene fast food containers and products made of oxo-degradable plastics, which, according to critics, would not completely collapse, as the EU Commission had suggested earlier this year.
The final rules of the EU still need to be approved in talks with the Member States.
coverage by Alissa de Carbonnel; Additional coverage by Daphne Psaledakis; Edited by Philip Blenkinsop