For the purity of the oceans
More than 170 countries voted to reduce emissions in the shipping industry
In the framework of pollution control, at the end of October, the European Parliament decided to ban the release of disposable plastic products. From 2021, in the EU countries will stop producing plastic dishes, thin bags, drinking straws and other similar products. This will help improve the environmental situation in Europe and reduce the cost of repairing the damage caused to it.
Plastic waste that cannot be recycled has become a real problem that needs to be addressed immediately. According to research data, voiced by the European Commission, environmental damage in Europe could be 22 billion euros by 2030. More than 80% of marine garbage is plastic, which is found even at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. And if this global problem will be not eradicated, then in thirty years there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Already, 90% of the salt samples from 30 different brands studied by Greenpeace activists, along with scientists, contain plastic microparticles.
More than 80% of marine litter is plastic, photo WEB
That is why the European Parliament announced its decision to stop this plastic flow and start a war with plastic. After all, it is very important to protect the marine environment from plastic debris, which as a result will reduce the overall cost of maintaining environmental safety in Europe. The proposed ban is only part of a major EU Strategy of reducing plastics production, which was announced at the beginning of this year. In more detail, it was set forth in a document that appeared in May and prescribes the complete elimination of disposable plastic.
The ban will concern a reduction in the production of plastic products and apply to all countries of the European Union. Disposable cutlery, cocktail straws, cotton swabs, biodegradable plastic, plastic mounts for balloons, and special polystyrenes used to make fast food containers — these products will first be reduced and then completely stopped.
Complete cessation of plastic production is planned, photo WEB
According to the decision of the EU Parliament, by 2025 it is necessary to do a lot of work. First of all, increase plastic bottle recycling by up to 90%. The ban will also affect the production of plastic cigarette filters. Their number must first be reduced by 50%, and by 2030 reduced to 20% of the volume produced today.
MEPs also voted for the decision to collect lost and abandoned fishing gear with plastic content by EU member states. Of course, it is impossible to implement this solution in full. But it is planned that by 2025 at least 50% of fishing nets will be caught annually from the oceans, and 15% of this amount will be processed.
At least 50% of fishing nets will be caught annually, photo WEB
Companies selling plastic and tobacco products will have to bear great responsibility for the quality of their products. In addition, they will have to fully cover the costs of collecting and recycling their waste. This decision will also affect manufacturers producing plastic fishing tackle.
In the near future, negotiations are planned between the European Parliament, the EU Commission and the EU member countries. As the Belgian politician Fredericka Rice, who spoke on this important issue at the European Parliament, said, the decision against disposable plastics is one of the most ambitious in recent times. A spokeswoman of the "Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe" claims that a total ban on plastic is important to preserve the purity of the entire environment, and the marine environment in particular.
Kiselevich Galina, Belarus, Minsk