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Ban On Single-Use Plastic Across Europe Coming Before This Summer

Geschreven op 25-2-2018 - Erik van Erne. Geplaatst in Afval Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

28 May 2018: The European Commission proposed banning single-use plastic products such as plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks and putting the burden of cleaning up waste on manufacturers in an effort to reduce marine litter.

Under the proposal, single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives will be banned and replaced with more environmentally sustainable materials.  The plastic items targeted by the ban are cotton buds (except for swabs for medical purposes), forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and sticks for balloons.

Where there are no readily available alternatives, such as plastic fast-food containers, the EU says member states must respect a polluter pays principle. Companies making such items will have to cover the costs of waste management and the clean-up of marine waste, along with measures to raise awareness to prevent and reduce such litter.

The proposal also requires EU countries to collect 90 percent of single-use plastic drink bottles by 2025 and producers to help cover costs of waste management and clean-up.

The Commission proposal will still need to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, and the Commission said it hoped for it to be given the green light before the European elections in May 2019.

Vicevoorzitter Frans Timmermans van de Europese Commissie heeft wetsvoorstellen gepresenteerd die de ophoping van plastic afval in de oceanen moet tegengaan. Wattenstaafjes, rietjes, wegwerpbestek en -borden, ballonnenstokjes, roerstaafjes en andere plastic wegwerpvoorwerpen waarvoor duurzame en betaalbare alternatieven zijn, moeten worden verboden.

Het gebruik van plastic wegwerp drinkbekers, voedselbakjes, chipszakjes, snoepwikkels, ballonnen en maaltijdverpakkingen moet worden teruggedrongen door fabrikanten mee te laten betalen aan het opruimen ervan. Ook van sigarettenproducenten wordt een bijdrage gevraagd. Ook komen er bewustwordingscampagnes.

25 Februari 2018: A top EU official hinted that legislation to cut plastic waste in Europe is coming soon. Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission, made the comment after Britain’s environment minister Michael Gove, a pro-Brexiter, suggested that staying in the EU would make it harder for the UK to create environmental laws such as banning plastic drinking straws.

Gove said being in the EU meant there were some steps we might want to take environmentally that we can’t yet. Timmermans later tweeted to Gove: “One step ahead of you. EU legislation on single-use plastics coming before the summer. Maybe you can align with us?”

The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe’s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030. Speaking to some European newspapers, the vice-president of the commission, Frans Timmermans, said Brussels’ priority was to clamp down on “single-use plastics that take five seconds to produce, you use it for five minutes and it takes 500 years to break down again”.

Timmermans said, were throw-away items such as drinking straws, “lively coloured” bottles that do not degrade, coffee cups, lids and stirrers, cutlery and takeaway packaging.

The Queen of England has banned plastic straws and bottles from the royal estates as part of a move to cut back on the use of plastics at all levels. Buckingham Palace outlined new waste plans and said there was a strong desire to tackle the issue in the royal household, in a move thought to be inspired by David Attenborough. Across the organisation, the royal household is committed to reducing its environmental impact. The new measures include gradually phasing out plastic straws in public cafes and banning them altogether in staff dining rooms.

Zie ook: Spectaculaire Afvalvermindering Bevrijdingsfestival Flevoland in Almere Door Statiegeldbekers – Schone Evenementen: Gebruik Herbruikbare Ecoglazen om Afval te Voorkomen – Food and Biobased Research: Duurzaam Verpakkingsmateriaal van Hernieuwbare Grondstoffen – Het Rapport Bioplastics by OVAM: Bioplastics Zijn Niet Automatisch Milieuvriendelijker – Veel Milieuwinst door Eco-glazen – Afvalmanagement bij evenementen steeds belangrijker – Afvalarme evenementen – Bioplastic PLA bekers geen zegen voor het milieu ! – UNEP Green Meeting Guide 2009 and UNEP Sustainable Events Guide 2012 – Herbruikbare Eco-glazen beter voor het milieu – Evenementen, Bedrijven en Instellingen: Eénmalige Kunststof Bekers Gescheiden Inzamelen – Geen Wegwerpplastic Meer Op Glastonbury MuziekFestival 2019

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  1. Erik van Erne zegt:

    10 mei 2018 om 15:40 | Permalink

    Tottenham Hotspur will eliminate single-use plastics from new stadium

    Tottenham Hotspur is pledging to eliminate all plastic straws, stirrers and cutlery from the opening day of its new £850 million stadium in north London. None of these items will be stocked in future nor will alternatives come in disposable plastic packaging.

    All new supplier contracts will also contain a requirement to reduce single-use plastics and the club will replace its current 5p carrier bags with ones which are biodegradable.

    Its ban on single-use plastics will extend to all parts of the club, including premium areas within the stadium, and its One Hotspur membership scheme. Members will now receive a Bag for Life when the next season starts.

    The new 62,000 seated venue is a replacement to the now demolished White Hart Lane site, its traditional home for over 100 years. The stadium is planned for completion in 2018 having been under construction for the past three years.

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