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European Parliament approves new rules to combat plastic pollution

European Parliament approves new rules to combat plastic pollution

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Weronika Paliczka,
06.05.2024 16:45

The European Parliament has taken a significant step towards reducing plastic waste. MEPs recently voted to pass a law imposing limits on plastic packaging in the food and hotel industries.

The public is becoming more aware of the negative effects of plastic waste, but we can only achieve a significant reduction in production through systemic solutions. Current methods, such as social campaigns promoting eco-friendly packaging and cosmetics, have not been effective in solving the issue. The European Union has been working to limit plastic production through legislation, and a recently passed law is expected to accelerate this process.

The European Union introduces new legislation

The new legislation is a beacon of hope in the fight against plastic pollution. It aims to regulate the use of plastic in various products such as fruit and vegetable wrappings, disposable cups, ketchup sachets, and mini-bottles for cosmetics used in hotels. These regulations are designed to curb the production of these plastic products, with a target of reducing their usage by 5% by 2030, 10% by 2035, and 15% by 2040.

The restrictions mainly focus on plastics used in transport. Manufacturers are encouraged to promote shipping products in bulk packaging, while retailers should avoid using oversized packaging when delivering purchased items.

The end of single-use plastic packaging?

The ban on single-use plastic items will come into force on 1 January 2030. These items include plastic wrappings used for packing fresh fruits, vegetables, and bread, disposable cutlery and cups used in cafes and restaurants, single-portion food packaging, and plastic packaging used for condiments such as salt, sugar, and ketchup.

Mini toiletries used in hotels or guest houses will also be banned. Citizens of the EU will not be permitted to use thin plastic bags less than 15 micrometres thick.

According to the new regulations, all plastic packaging must be recyclable. Furthermore, newly produced plastic packaging must contain a certain amount of recycled material.

Source: PAP Biznes

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