Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on polluting throwaway plastics by 2021

Plastic Oceans 2018

UN Photo/Martine Perret Plastic bottles and garbage waste from a nearby village wash on the shores of a river and then spill into the sea.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.


Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed in the Environment Committee.

Single-use plastic products such as cutlery, cotton bud sticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved on Wednesday by the Environment and Public Health Committee.

In the report drafted by Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), adopted with 51 votes to 10, with 3 abstentions, MEPs added to this list: very lightweight plastic bags, products made of oxo-degradable plastics and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

National reduction targets

The consumption of several other items, for which no alternative exists, will have to be reduced by member states in an “ambitious and sustained” manner by 2025. This includes single-use burger boxes, sandwich boxes or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts or ice creams. Member states will draft national plans to encourage the use of products suitable for multiple use, as well as re-using and recycling.

Other plastics, such as beverage bottles, will have to be collected separately and recycled at a rate of 90% by 2025.

Cigarette butts and lost fishing gear

MEPs agreed that reduction measures should also cover waste from tobacco products, in particular cigarette filters containing plastic. It would have to be reduced by 50% by 2025 and 80% by 2030.

One cigarette butt can pollute between 500 and 1000 litres of water, and thrown on the roadway, it can take up to twelve years to disintegrate. They are the second most littered single-use plastic items.

Member states should also ensure that at least 50% of lost or abandoned fishing gear containing plastic is collected per year, with a recycling target of at least 15% by 2025. Fishing gear represents 27% of waste found on Europe’s beaches.

Extended producer responsibility

Member states would have to ensure that tobacco companies cover the costs of waste collection for those products, including transport, treatment and litter collection. The same goes for producers of fishing gear containing plastic, who will need to contribute to meeting the recycling target.

Quote

Frédérique Ries (ALDE, BE), rapporteur, said: “Europe is only responsible for a small part of the plastic polluting our oceans. It can and should, however, be a key player in finding a solution, leading at a global level, as it has done in the past in the fight against climate change. Prohibit, reduce, tax, but also replace, warn; the member states have many options to choose from. It is up to them to choose wisely and up to us to keep pushing for more. “

Next steps

The report will be put to a vote by the full House during its 22-25 October plenary session in Strasbourg.

Background

According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. Together they constitute 70% of all marine litter items. Due to its slow decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches in the EU and worldwide. Plastic residue is found in marine species – such as sea turtles, seals, whales and birds, but also in fish and shellfish, and therefore in the human food chain.

While plastics are a convenient, adaptable, useful and economically valuable material, they need to be better used, re-used and recycled. When littered, the economic impact of plastics encompasses not just the lost economic value in the material, but also the costs of cleaning up and losses for tourism, fisheries and shipping.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Heat stress spike predicted to cost global economy $2,400 billion a year

MEPs approve new CO2 emissions limits for trucks

Europe bows to Turkey’s rulers, sends Syrian refugees back to chaos

Women’s voices must be heard in the battle to save the ocean

It’s time to ditch our obsession with trade deficits. Here’s why

Financing the 2030 Agenda: What is it and why is it important?

Making money from meeting the SDGs? An overarching approach to sustainable development.

It’s a lie Eurozone isn’t competitive

Israeli security forces’ response to Gaza protests ‘a recipe for more bloodshed’, says UN expert

Innovation for a smarter world: ITU Telecom World 2018

Coldplay stop touring to save the world: is pop music going sustainable?

The Brexit factor in the US-China trade war and other conflicts

COP24: green, gender focus, as UN’s crucial climate change conference gets underway

Women outliving men ‘everywhere’, new UN health agency statistics report shows

The quality of health education around the globe

The impact of mobile and rapid digital adoption on how India consumes

UN rights office appeals for peaceful Zimbabwe elections amid reports of intimidation

How do you get people to trust self-driving vehicles? This company is giving them ‘virtual eyes’

Amidst high trade tensions and policy uncertainty, UN cuts economic growth forecast

ITU Telecom World 2017: exploring smart digital transformation

Main results of EU Environment Council, 25/06/2018

There is no greater sorrow on earth than the loss of one’s native land

COP21 Breaking News_10 December: UN Climate Chief Calls for Final Push to Meet Adaptation Fund Goal Very Close to Target

Assembly of European Regions @ European Business Summit 2014: Made in Europe – Made of Regions

This company is breeding millions of insects in the heart of London

Obama turns the G20 summit into warmongering platform

Azeri natural gas will keep the EU warm soon

The EU Parliament and the ECB unknowingly or unwillingly fail to protect our financial assets

EU Parliament: Deposit guarantee and trading platform transparency sought

EU supports recovery and resilience in Nigeria with additional €50 million

Art has the power to change the world, says this renowned Iranian muralist

Will Merkel ever steer the EU migration Titanic and restore her power in Germany?

Financiers can turn the world into a dirty and dangerous place

Agreement reached on new EU measures to prevent electricity blackouts

Darfur: Inter-communal tensions still high despite improved security, Mission head tells Security Council

False promises to Small and Medium Enterprises

COP21 Breaking News_07 December: “Remove Roadblocks to Climate Action”

GSMA Mobile 360 Series – MENA in Dubai, in Association with The European Sting

5 ways for scientists and clinicians to double up on healthcare

European Youth Capital 2019 announced: Novi Sad, Serbia

Monday’s Daily Brief: #ClimateAction for the Pacific, Gaza blockade, attack in Burkina Faso

Safer products: EP and Council close deal to beef up checks and inspections

Five ways individuals can help save the oceans

In aftermath of Libya airstrike deaths, UN officials call for refugees and migrants to be freed from detention

Use space technology to build a better world for all, urges UN chief

Aid stepped up to Syria camp; new arrivals say terrorists blocked their escape

Ambassador Zhang wishes from Brussels great success and prosperity for the China-EU relations in the Year of the Dog

Understanding the gender gap in the Global South

Eurozone guarantees all banks with…taxpayers’ money

These are the next big products in consumer technology

Why the way of loving closes doors of health?

Conditions deteriorating alarmingly in Yemen, warns senior UN official

EU Migrant Crisis: Italian Coast Guard Headquarters and Italian Navy to give host national opening addresses at Border Security 2016 in Rome

The future of sustainability: recycling carbon through the power of the sun

EU leaders let tax-evaders untouched

Why we need both science and humanities for a Fourth Industrial Revolution education

Bangladesh, South Africa and Bolivia all beat the US for women’s representation in politics

5 lessons from China on how to drive sustainable growth

GSMA Mobile 360: Connecting Cities, Connecting Lives, Connecting Europe

Paris agreed with Berlin over a loose and ineffective banking union

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s