Every year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in the waters of the oceans, causing colossal environmental damage to it. Europe alone accounts for up to 25 million tons, of which less than 30% is processed.
It is not surprising that the European Union began to take measures to correct the current critical situation. In accordance with the EU's proposed rules, the focus will be on the most common types of single-use plastics, which account for up to 70% of all waste.
The new rules apply to the entire EU area and will primarily concern straws for cocktails, disposable tableware, sticks for balloons, cotton pads, stirrers, plastic packaging for drinks, where they have an affordable alternative.
In addition, the regulations will encourage manufacturers to contribute to the costs of combating plastic waste and to spread awareness of their negative impact on the environment. For this they will receive preferences for the development of safer products.
EU countries will be required to collect up to 90% of single-use plastic bottles by 2025 and develop guidelines for the safe disposal of sanitary towels and wet wipes.
If these rules are implemented, the EU will be able to reduce by 2030 the negative impact on the environment, equivalent to 3.4 million tons of CO 2. In monetary terms, the savings will amount to 22 billion euros. The proposals have already been sent for consideration to the European Parliament and the European Commission.