Following the vote on Wednesday, 571-53, the MEP, who proposed the Bill Frederique Ries, suggested that it was "a victory…
Following the vote on Wednesday, 571-53, the MEP, who proposed the Bill Frederique Ries, suggested that it was “a victory for our seas, for the environment and for future generations.”
“We have adopted the most ambitious legislation against disposable plastics, “she was quoted in a statement published on Parliament’s website.
“It is important to protect the marine environment and reduce the costs of environmental damage caused by plastic contamination in Europe, estimated at 22 billion euros (25 billion dollars) by 2030.”
The European Commission proposed the ban in May. It will need to be approved by the Member States after negotiations, which Ries is optimistic will be successful.
“It is up to us to continue the course in the forthcoming negotiations with the Council, to begin as early as November,”
China last year banned the import of 24 varieties of solid waste, including types of plastic and unsorted paper, which put pressure on Europe to handle its own waste.
50 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s ocean. A study published in Science 2015 suggested that between five and 13 million tonnes more flow into them each year.
Research shows that there will be more plastic than weighted fish in the world’s oceans in 2050, which has made decision makers, individuals and businesses into action.
The list of proposed prohibited articles includes polystyrene retention containers and products made of oxo-degradable plastic. Consumption of several other items, for which no alternative exists, must be reduced by Member States by at least 25% by 2025. This includes single burger boxes, sandwiches or food containers for fruit, vegetables, desserts or ice cream, the Parliament said in its statement
. MEPs agreed that reduction measures should also include waste from tobacco products, especially cigarette filters containing plastic.
The advocacy group, Rethink Plastic Alliance, welcomed the draft directive, but said it did not go far enough.
“The European Parliament has made history by voting to reduce disposable plastics and reduce plastic pollution in our rivers and seas”, says Justine Maillot, EU Project Manager at Surfrider Foundation Europe on behalf of Rethink Plastic.
“Citizens across Europe want to see an end to plastic contamination. It is now up to national governments to keep the ambition high and resist the pressure of businesses to continue throwing away the culture,” he added.
The Alliance added in a statement that it was disappointing, Parliament was not banned from very easy disposable clothing.
Several countries are considering banning disposable plastics. The United Kingdom has launched a consultation on banning plastic rolls, along with drinking straws and cotton swabs.
European nations began to wrap plastic bags more than 15 years ago. Dozens of other countries and cities have already introduced prohibitions or restrictions on plastic products, including microbits, plastic rolls and coffee bags.