EU Commission proposes banning these items from Irish beaches


Almost 85% of all ocean litter is plastic and half of that is made of throwaway items.

According to the Commission, the new proposals could have major economic and environmental benefits. Industry group Plastics Europe's 2030 pledge includes confirmation that European plastics manufacturers are targeting a 60% recycling rate for plastic packaging by 2030.

Across the world, plastics make up 85 per cent of marine litter, the Commission said. And plastics are even reaching people's lungs and dinner tables, with micro-plastics in the air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health. "We call on the European Parliament and EU Ministers to put in place such targets and set a shorter review period to ensure an effective and swift move beyond single-use plastics".

The Commission is mostly aiming to change the behaviour of consumers, rather than slap extra charges on plastic products that will continue to be available on the market.

Europe is proposing a ban on single-use plastic items such as cutlery, straws and cotton buds in a bid to clean up the oceans.

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Will be greatly reduced the use of plastic containers, which use a different catering companies for customer service, takeaway plastic lids for cups, plastic bottles, packets and bags, which offer buyers the supermarkets and other shops.

Menstrual pads, wet wipes and balloons will be required to add a label indicating how the product should be disposed. These laws are also aiming to achieve a great reduction in the usage of plastic food containers and cups within the next six years.

For fishing gear, which accounts for 27% of all beach litter, the Commission aims to complete the existing policy framework with producer responsibility schemes for fishing gear containing plastic. They will also cover the costs of awareness-raising measures.

The Commission's current proposal does not contain measures for micro-plastics, however, the European Union executive is discussing another proposal that will emit unnecessary micro-plastics from cosmetics and detergents, according to Timmermans. EU Commission officials urged for institutions to "deliver tangible results" before EU elections in twelve month's time.

The EU has announced a crackdown on single use plastics in a bid to reduce pollution in seas which is harmful to the marine environment and potentially damaging to human health.