E.U. Bans Single-Use Plastic Items


On April 3rd, the European Parliament voted 560 to 35 to ban a range of single-use plastic items including polystyrene plates, food and beverage containers. The regulations will take effect in 2021. At least 90 percent of beverage bottles will have to be collected and recycled by 2029.

The European Commission vice president Franz Timmermans stated “Europe is setting new and ambitious standards, paving the way for the rest of the world.”

It is estimated that the E.U. recycles only a quarter of 25 million tons of plastic waste produced each year. The E.U. recognizes the need for effective waste management infrastructure and recycling facilities to achieve optimal reduction of plastic waste in landfills and oceans. Reliance on Asia is no longer a viable alternative to on-Continent conversion and disposal.