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EU ban on single-use plastic items by 2021

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In March 2019 the European Union (EU) declared a ban on throwaway plastics by 2021, this followed a 2015 directive to to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags (PDF), non PDF news link here.

The following products will be banned in the EU by 2021:

  • Single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks)
  • Single-use plastic plates
  • Plastic straws
  • Cotton bud sticks made of plastic
  • Plastic balloon sticks
  • Oxo-degradable plastics and food containers and expanded polystyrene cups

EU member countries are implementing this ban in their local legislation with the Netherlands recently announcing the ban on disposable plastic products from July 2021.

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