Europe plans ban on plastic cutlery, straws and more

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The EU is now turning its attention to the 10 single-use plastic products and fishing gear that together account for 70% of the marine litter in Europe. "Single use plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental catastrophes of this generation".

Although the European Union executive has made no secret of the fact that bringing plastic-use under control will require heavy involvement from industry, CEO criticised the Commission for choosing to reach out to lobby groups in order to try and secure voluntary commitments.

"The scale of the problem means that we can not rely on individual European countries to take action and must instead find a Europe-wide response", co-chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Butikofer said.

Incentives will be given to producers to encourage them to make disposable plastic products out of sustainable materials instead.

The items flagged by the European Commission include cotton swabs, plastic cutlery, plastic plates, straws, drink stirrers, balloon sticks, food containers, beverage cups, beverage containers, cigarette butts, plastic bags, crisp packets, sweet wrappers, wet wipes, sanitary products, and fishing gear.

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Woolies and Coles are already phasing out single-use plastic bags across Australia, which is another move worthy of applause. "Our collection target for plastic bottles will also help to generate the necessary volumes for a thriving plastic recycling industry".

Almost 85% of all ocean litter is plastic and half of that is made of throwaway items.

"We don't want to give up plastic", wrote Katainen. "So we either recycle it, or we thermally recycle it". This could create new jobs, efficiency savings and prevent an estimated €22 billion in environmental damage by 2030.

"Public awareness can only go so far", Meadhbh Bolger of Friends of the Earth Europe said. "Behavioural change among consumers is a strong driving force".

The European Commission has proposed new rules to ban certain plastic products in order to reduce the waste filling our oceans, it announced Monday. This has resulted in Europe now dealing with three million tons of low-grade plastics it had previously exported every year. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, a member of the center-left Social Democrats, told the broadcaster that single-use plastics "should be regulated at a European level and be gradually taken out of circulation".