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Dec.19,2018 The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached a provisional political agreement on the ambitious new rules proposed by the Commission in the presented in May. The proposal for a Directive made as part of the world's first comprehensive aims to tackle marine litter at its source, targeting the 10 plastic products most often found on our beaches as well as abandoned fishing gear.
First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development said:"I warmly welcome today's ambitious agreement. It truly helps protect our people and our planet. The EU as a whole has shown true courage in addressing plastic waste, making us the global leader in tackling plastic marine litter.
The new EU directive on Single-Use Plastics will be the most ambitious legal instrument at global level addressing marine litter. It envisages different measures to apply to different product categories. Where alternatives are easily available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the market. The ban will apply to plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers sticks for balloons, products made of oxo-degradable plastic and food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene. For products without straight-forward alternatives, the focus is on limiting their use through a national reduction in consumption, design and labeling requirements, and waste management/clean-up obligations for producers.
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