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01 April 2019

EU Agrees To Ban Single Use Plastic

The European Union parliament has announced today that it has approved a ban on single-use plastics by 2021, a move that would reduce the amount of plastic pollution feeding into rivers and then out to the ocean.

The ban covers products, such as plastic straws, cutlery and cotton buds, with the EU also encouraging countries to reduce the use of plastic packaging.

Up to 95% of the litter in the oceans actually comes from our cities, making its way to the sea through drains and waterways. Once it reaches the sea, it doesn’t disappear but breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces of plastic that are easily eaten by fish and other marine species, including whales and dolphins.

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It is hoped that, by leading the way, the EU ban will serve as an example to the rest of the world.

The law sets a target that 90 percent of plastic bottles will be gathered for recycling by 2029 and that they should be produced with 25% recycled material by 2025, and 30% by 2030.

Eighteen leading environment charities (including WDC), have recently called on the UK Government to phase-out all non-essential single-use plastics by 2025 to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution. The Government’s own target date is 2042.

WDC recently launched an online initiative to increase urban beach cleans –local area litter picks  that reduce the huge amount of plastic that makes its way from our urban areas to the coastline.

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