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Friday, 06 July 2018 12:27

LEGISLATION. New EU regulations against single-use plastics

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The 10 products to be regulated, represent 70% of all marine waste

The amount of plastic waste dumped in our oceans and seas is continuously increasing, which is why in May the European Commission put forward a directive to regulate the use of the ten single-use plastic products most found in European beaches and seas.

Among the most notable aspects of this proposal is the prohibition of single-use plastic products when there are readily available and affordable alternatives (cutlery, straws, etc.).

In addition, member states have been informed that they will have to reduce the use of food containers and offer alternative products at the point of sale. Additionally, producers will be responsible for contributing to covering the costs of waste management and cleaning, as well as raising awareness of the dangers of plastic food containers, packaging and wrappings.

Throughout the world, plastics account for 85% of marine litter. What's more, plastics reach our lungs and our tables, microplastics are present in our air, water and food, causing unknown effects to our health. For these reasons, we must face the problem posed by plastics, and can make the most of the situation by creating new opportunities for innovation, competitiveness and employment.

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