All plastic must be recyclable by 2030

All plastic must be recyclable by 2030

Stakeholders agree the goal to reach 50 per cent recycling and reuse of plastics waste as well as 70 per cent recycling and reuse of plastic packaging is "extremely ambitious" and can only be reached through platforms involving the entire value chain.

Europeans produce 25 million tons of plastic waste annually, but less than 30 percent is recycled.

"More and more it is becoming a health problem because it is degrading, going to little chips, fish are eating it and it is coming back to our dinner table", Katainen said.

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European officials are now aiming to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics and restrict the intentional use of microplastics.

Under proposals put forward at the beginning of 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May says she is hoping to eradicate avoidable plastic by 2042.

Attitudes towards plastic bags are changing across Europe.

"If children knew what the effects are of using single-use plastic straws for drinking sodas, or whatever, they might reconsider and use paper straws or no straws at all". Anyone violating the restrictions faces up to four years in prison or a fine of €31,616 ($38,000).

The Scottish government has announced plans to outlaw both the sale and manufacture of plastic-stemmed cotton ear buds, which all too often are flushed down the toilet and end up in the sea.

Under the European Commission's plans, by 2030 all plastic packaging in the EU market would need to be recyclable.

Measures to reduce administrative burdens on ports, ships and competent authorities will also be included.

Microplastics, which are found in cosmetics and other products, would also be severely restricted.

"The EU strategy is far from ideal, but it's better than what the United Kingdom government is offering", said Catherine Bearder, a Liberal Democrat member of the environment committee.

The Commission added that, in relation to the plastics strategy, it has adopted a monitoring framework, composed of a set of 10 key indicators which cover each phase of the cycle, which will measure progress towards the transition to a circular economy at European Union and national level.

The bloc will further provide new research money for the development of more recyclable plastics and better recycling processes.

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