EU parliament votes to extend disposable plastic ban and boost recycled content

The European Parliament has voted in favour of extending a list of disposable plastics to be banned in the EU from 2021 under recent proposals

The European Parliament has voted in favour of extending a list of disposable plastics to be banned in the EU from 2021 under recent proposals.

MEPs adopted by 571 votes to 53 a report drafted by liberal ALDE MEP Frédérique Ries that calls for a wider ban on plastic products for which alternatives exist than that proposed by the European Commission in May, at a plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

The parliament wants to prohibit oxo-degradable plastic bags and packets, and expanded polystyrene packaging in addition to the plastic plates, cutlery, stirrers and straws, sticks for balloons and cotton buds the EU executive has targeted.

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