Commission aims to slash plastic bag use – EuropePosted on June 11, 2012 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
The Commission called for suggestions on Wednesday (18 May) on how to deal with the billions of bags used in the European Union each year, but which take hundreds of years to decompose.
“Fifty years ago, the single-use plastic bag was almost unheard of. Now we use them for a few minutes and they pollute our environment for decades,” EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said in a statement on Wednesday.
Each person in the 27-country European Union uses on average 500 plastic carrier bags per year – most of them just once.
A total of 3.4 million tonnes of plastic bags, weighing the same as about two million cars, were produced in Europe in 2008.