On March 27, the European Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks, the official website reports.
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.
The ban enters its force in 2021 in case the European Council approves it.
Member states will have to achieve a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029, and plastic bottles will have to contain at least 25% of recycled content by 2025 and 30% by 2030.
The agreement also strengthens the application of the polluter pays principle, in particular for tobacco, by introducing extended responsibility for producers. This new regime will also apply to fishing gear, to ensure that manufacturers, and not fishermen, bear the costs of collecting nets lost at sea.
The legislation finally stipulates that labelling on the negative environmental impact of throwing cigarettes with plastic filters in the street should be mandatory, as well as for other products such as plastic cups, wet wipes and sanitary napkins.
As we reported earlier, State Agency on Energy Efficiency (SAEE) of Ukraine and the Ministry of Energy and Industry of UAE signed a memorandum about mutual understanding in the sphere of energy efficiency and renewable energy. It is expected that the sides will exchange their experiences and promote the realization of joint investment projects in energy efficiency, clean energy, and recycling.