EU Adopts Historic Agreement To Strictly Control The Sale And Use Of Plastic Bags

- Jan 13, 2020-

According to the French "Le Figaro" website reported on November 22, November 28 local time, the EU 28 countries passed an agreement for plastic bags. The agreement stipulates that from now to 2025, EU countries must strictly control the sale and use of plastic bags.


In recent years, countries have begun to restrict the sale of plastic bags. Because they cannot be degraded, they pose a serious threat to water resources, soil quality, and the growth and reproduction of animals and plants. A few days ago, the European Parliament began preparing the implementation plan of the agreement, which aims to reduce the use of plastic bags by three-quarters by 2025. On November 21, representatives of the 28 EU countries passed the agreement with "historic" significance. Italy is currently the EU's rotating presidency, and its environment minister Gian


"The agreement will help European countries respond more effectively to environmental pollution problems," said Luka Galetti. Margaret, member of the Danish European Parliament and environmentalist


Okun believes this is a "historical breakthrough" by the EU on environmental issues. "This is the first agreement to mandate a reduction in pollutants from a European perspective, and it has extraordinary significance," she said.


European Parliament will take measures


At present, the European Union has adopted several rigid regulations: from now until December 31, 2018, plastic bags are used in the form of fees; from now until December 31, 2019, countries take necessary measures to Consumption is reduced to an average of 90 per resident. In 2025, the annual consumption cannot be higher than the average consumption of 40 per resident. By 2010, this number had reached 178, and plastic bags with a thickness of 50 microns were still freely used in many supermarkets in the European Union. More than 90% of the 100 billion plastic bags put into the EU market belong to this type. The European Commission said that more than 8 billion plastic bags become polluting waste every year, hindering the normal reproduction of fish and birds and choking them to death. The European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, has put forward some proposals on this subject, which need to be considered and approved by the European Parliament before they can be implemented.


Twenty months ago, French lawmakers voted on a proposal to "completely ban disposable plastic bags from 2016." Previously, France had restricted the use of plastic bags, and also adopted a fee method or replaced them with paper bags. These measures have brought some results: in 2002, the number of plastic bags used in French supermarkets was 10.5 billion; in 2011, this number had dropped to 700 million. At the same time, major supermarkets have also benefited, reducing costs by at least 150 million euros.


 


 


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