EU-wide ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags can lower wastePosted on March 11, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
In 2010, around 100 billion plastic bags were placed on the EU market, eight billion of these were littered, and only six per cent were recycled.
After many debates and impact assessment studies, the commission has finally put an ‘idea’ for the reduction of lightweight plastic carrier bags in member states on the table.
I said ‘idea’, because it is more a theoretical, cautious suggestion, than a concrete legislative decision. We asked for robust measures to end the floating of 80 million tonnes of plastics in the oceans; we are worried about plastics’ dangerous components entering the food chain and the consequences for human and animal health.
We get, instead, an invitation to member states to ‘dare’ to reduce, through whichever means they deem appropriate, the consumption of lightweight shoppers, thinner than 50 micron, which is 0.05 mm.
What about the other plastic bags, the thicker ones? They can still be consumed and littered? They can still float on our seas for decades? What about the dangerous oxo-degradable plastic bags?