Plastic waste

    • EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021 backed

      EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021 backed

      Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under draft plans adopted last Wednesday by EP plenary. These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021. MEPs added to this list of banned plastics products made of degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

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    • Measures to encourage drinking of tap water

      Measures to encourage drinking of tap water

      At their plenary sitting in Strasbourg MEPs adopted changes to the Drinking Water Directive, aimed at further improving the quality of and access to drinking water for all people and reduce plastic waste from water bottles. The amendments also suggest increase transparency and better information for consumers. Drinking tap water is cheap and environmentally friendly, MEPs said insisting on measures such as installing free fountains in shopping centres and airports, among other places, and encouraging the provision of tap water in restaurants.

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