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Alternatives to single-use plastics

Alternatives to single-use plastics

EU Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that plastic cutlery would not be banned completely, but steps would be taken to have them made of sustainable materials when possible.

The proposal, which is created to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, and in particular the marine environment, sets a number of different policy measures to tackle these problematic single-use products, from bans and reduction efforts, to labelling and extended producer responsibility schemes [2].

Malta could be set to miss out on some €179 million in EU cohesion funds, according to a plans unveiled by the European Commission on Tuesday. "We encourage the European Union and its Member States to support the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) process to eliminate plastic leakage into the ocean and ask them to adopt a "Paris Agreement" for Our Ocean".

The EU Member States have targets to reduce the use of plastic food containers and drink cups, and are also being encouraged to set national reduction targets, make alternative products available at the point of sale, or ensure that single-use plastic products can not be provided free of charge.

It is, in particular, disposable dishes, Cutlery, straws-straws for drinks, cotton sticks and plastic anchors for balloons.




Will be greatly reduced the use of plastic containers, which use a different catering companies for customer service, takeaway plastic lids for cups, plastic bottles, packets and bags, which offer buyers the supermarkets and other shops.

The proposed rules will also require manufacturers of plastic products to help cover the cost of waste management and clean-up. The proposed directive will now go to the European Parliament and the European Council for approval.

Makers of balloons will be further compelled to introduce "new labelling on the environmental impact of the product and recycling options for consumers". Single-use plastic objects and fishing gear account for 70 percent of waste in the ocean, according to the EU. Under the new rules, fishers will have new tools and incentives to retrieve the waste, while producers of this gear will be made to pay for waste collection from port facilities and awareness-raising measures.

The EU proposals will need to be approved by the EU's 28 member states. EU Commission officials urged for institutions to "deliver tangible results" before EU elections in twelve month's time.


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