Ban on Single use Plastics

Ban on Single use Plastics
Question:Which of the following voted overwhelmingly for ban on single use plastic products?
(a) European Union Parliament
(b) Asian Countries
(c) G8 Countries
(d) None of the Above
Answer: (a)
Related facts:
  • European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for an EU-Wide ban on single-use plastic products. These single use plastic products are straws, cutlery and cotton buds that are clogging the world’s oceans.
  • The text had already been approved in negotiations with member states and EU officials and it will now be rapidly approved into law. The ban comes into effect from 2021.
  • Europe was not the worst source of plastic pollution, but that the pioneering measure could serve as an example to the world. The EU will encourage member states to reduce the use of plastic packaging and introduce stricter labeling rules.
  • The law sets a goal that 90 percent of plastic bottles will be gathered for recycling by 2029 and that they should be produced with 25 percent recycled material by 2025, 30 percent by 2030.
  • According to the EU commission, the products prohibited under the law represent 70 percent of the waste that pours into the world’s oceans, posing a threat to wildlife and fisheries.
  • Every year, Europeans generate 25m tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. More than 80% of marine litter is plastic.

Links:

https://phys.org/news/2019-03-eu-parliament-plastics.html

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/27/the-last-straw-european-parliament-votes-to-ban-single-use-plastics

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