European union is considering a ban on single-use plastics. the proposed ban would apply to items such as plastic plates, cutlery, straws, and cotton buds. the european commission is the body responsible for considering this ban, and estimates that it could reduce marine litter by up to 70% and the amount of plastic entering the environment by up to 50%.
Proposed ban is currently being considered by the european commission, and could be in place by 2030. it would apply to all countries within the european union, and could save up to €22 billion in environmental damage.
European commission is proposing a variety of measures to reduce the use of single-use plastics, such as making producers responsible for the costs of collecting, sorting, and recycling them, introducing labeling requirements, taxes and fees, a minimum level of recycled content, a ban on microplastics in certain products, and measures to reduce the use of plastic bags, bottles, and fishing gear. the commission hopes that these measures will help reduce the amount of plastic entering the environment and reduce the amount of marine litter.