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EU declares war on plastic waste

2018-11-05 10:18:00

EU declares war on plastic waste


The European Commission plans to strengthen the classification and recycling of plastic waste, reduce disposable plastic products and prohibit the addition of plastic particles to daily necessities. By 2030, 100% of plastic packaging can be recycled.

The European Commission launched a plan Tuesday to recycle all waste packages in the EU by 2030. The EU produces 25 million tons of plastic waste annually, with less than 30% recycling.

Plastic particles can also enter the air, water and food chains, and their health effects on humans and wildlife are unknown.

Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission, said: "If we do not change the way we produce and use plastics, by 2050 the amount of plastic waste in the ocean will exceed that of fish. The only long-term solution is to reduce plastic waste through recycling. "

According to the plan of the European Commission, in order to make the recycling of plastic waste easier, the European Union will collect plastic waste by classification as far as possible. In addition, the number of disposable plastic products such as plastic straws, disposable tableware and coffee cup caps will also be reduced. Adulteration of plastic particles in cosmetics and laundry powders will be prohibited.