Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine Oleksiy Orzhel appealed to the MPs of the profile committee of the Verkhovna Rada with a request to accelerate consideration of the bill No. 2051-1 "On limiting the turnover of plastic bags in Ukraine", which is in committee for consideration at the second reading since November 12, 2019. This was reported by the Ministry's press service.
In particular, Orzhel drew attention to the importance of the adoption of the bill as soon as possible, given the rapid pace of environmental pollution and the increase in landfill sites.
"Restricting the circulation of plastic bags is the first stage in the hierarchy of waste management because it will prevent its formation," Orzel stressed.
He also added that the bill, therefore, proposes “to eliminate not the consequences but the causes of the problem."
"Oleksiy Orzhel noted that the ministry had repeatedly emphasized the need to limit the use of plastic bags as soon as possible and put a ban into effect from 2021," the statement said.
As we reported earlier, on March 27, 2019, the European Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, and cotton buds sticks, the official website informed.
The 560 MEPs voted in favor of the agreement banning single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, and chopsticks), single-use plastic plates, plastic straws, cotton bud sticks made of plastic, plastic balloon sticks and oxo-degradable plastics and food containers and expanded polystyrene cups.