A law banning the production and sale of plastic disposable products, passed by the European Parliament in 2019, came into force.
Since July 3, the countries of the European Union have said goodbye to disposable plastic products, Virginijus Sinkevičius, the European Commissioner for the Environment, noted on Twitter, noting the date with the words “that very day”. From now on, it is prohibited to produce and sell cocktail straws, plastic dishes, styrofoam cups, cotton swabs, oxo-degradable food containers, balloon sticks, plastic cutlery.
By 2029, the European Union plans to ensure a 90% collection rate of used plastic bottles, and by 2025 these containers will have to be 25% (30% by 2030) made of recycled plastic. The law, which has come into force, toughens producers’ liability for damage to the environment. For example, not fishermen, but producers will pay for the nets lost at sea.
The Russian government is also preparing a legislative initiative to ban the use of disposable plastic tableware. By 2030, the authorities intend to remove 50% of secondary resources from the total mass of waste, which will allow “50% less waste disposal”.