The European Union and plastic regulation

Today we will address an important issue: the laws which the EU has decided to adopt against the excessive use of plastics in the Member States.

Written Saturday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

Welcome back to a new appointment with the news from Dispotech, your disposable excellence. Today we will address an important issue: the laws which the EU has decided to adopt against the excessive use of plastics in the Member States. To do this, we use the support of two articles read respectively on voanews.comand newsarticleinsiders.com.

 

The European Union Parliament has recently voted to impose a ban on disposable plastics in an effort to combat the widespread pollution that is gradually killing the ecosystem, poisoning water and soil. All member states, in general, gave their support and hope to be able to remedy the difficult situation faced by the environment because of plastic.

 

The ban would cover a whole range of plastic products for which there are viable alternatives - from straws to earphones - starting in 2021. Anything that is disposable will not be completely off-limits, however even in these cases manufacturers will be asked to do their best in using sustainable materials where possible. The approved legislation also identifies another objective to be achieved: the ability to recycle 90% of plastic bottles by 2025 and to eliminate the scourge of waste at sea.

 

Every year, EU citizens alone produce around 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, the European Commission said. In the world, approximately 85% of plastic ends up on the beaches; 8 million tons of plastic, on the other hand, are thrown into the oceans. Plastic and its microparticles, once in the environment, are impossible to control or eliminate; also, invisible microplastics have a devastating effects on living organisms which populate the seas. Plastics in the seas are absorbed and cause irreparable damage.

 

The EU has estimated that these changes will cost the Union’s economy between €259 and €695 million per year. The proposal, however, “will help everyone to opt out of using plastic bags and similar, and to choose more durable, innovative and nature-friendly products. The next desirable step would be to gradually abandon our disposable culture," said Margrete Auken, of the Greens/EFA group.

 

The European Parliament has stated that the production of plastic products is currently larger than the boom of the 1960s. China’s decision to no longer import part of the European Union’s waste has done the rest and has actually accelerated the need to find a way to combat this abuse of plastics on the European continent.

 

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Emanuele Mortarotti
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