Plastic producers could market single-use items as reusable to dodge EU ban

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Producers could simply market items like throwaway plastic cups as reusable, under changes to a draft EU ban on single-use plastic tabled today in the European Parliament, the Rethink Plastic alliance of NGOs has warned.

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted on a proposal that would introduce bans on certain single-use plastic products responsible for marine pollution, and require European governments to set reduction targets for others.

Campaigners are concerned that the committee’s proposed definition of ‘single-use’ plastic items is too narrow, so would not prevent producers from avoiding bans, and would allow them to ignore reduction targets and bans. 



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