EU moves to ban single-use plastics, and ready for entry into force

EU moves to ban single-use plastics, and ready for entry into force
 

In May of this year, the European Commission submitted a proposal to ban disposable plastic products. On the 19th of this month, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union reached an interim political agreement based on the above proposal. Once the provisional political agreement is officially finalized, the European Commission's proposal will be published in the official Gazette of the European Union, and after two years the member states will have to revise it.

The EU says its plastics strategy and ban on disposable plastics is the world's most ambitious legal instrument for dealing with marine litter.



Environment, Ocean Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella pointed out that more than 25 million tons of plastic waste is produced each year in Europe, of which less than 30% are recycled. Plastics account for 85% of beach waste, and it is well known that plastic particles can contaminate human food and drinking water.



Where it is easy to obtain and undertake alternatives to plastic products, disposable plastic products will be banned from entering the market, including: plastic swabs, cutlery, plates, straws, beverage stir bars, balloon sticks, oxygenated biodegradable plastic products, and expanded polystyrene. Food and beverage containers made of vinyl.



Jyrki Katainen, vice-chairman of the European Commission responsible for employment, growth, investment and competitiveness, said: “It is imperative to solve the plastic problem.” “At the same time, solving this problem has also brought new innovation, competitiveness and job creation. Opportunity."



“The agreement reached today shows that Europe has made sensible economic and environmental choices and is moving towards a new real cycle of plastics.”



Producer's responsibility



EuroCommerce, a trade association representing the interests of European retailers and wholesalers, welcomed the EU's actions but remained concerned about the expansion of producer responsibility.



He said: "The retail and wholesale industry [...] is still strongly suspicious of whether the waste waste management system recommended by the final compromise scheme is effective. These concerns are particularly focused on the long-term responsibility of producers in garbage disposal, and in the recycling system. Infrastructure and operational costs."



Eurocommerce Director-General Verschueren said: “Our industry's commitment to sustainable use of plastics is absolutely clear, and we will continue to do our best to meet our customers' needs for safe and sustainable products. We will of course comply with this Act, but we must The reminder is that some of the statutes believe that retailers are responsible for issues such as littering, but in fact retailers have very limited influence.


The EU passed the ban on plastics, and the disposable plastic products were banned since 2021.
 
Straws, beverage cups, cotton swabs... Many everyday items in modern society are made of plastic, and many of them are disposable products. On October 24th, the European Parliament passed an overwhelming 571 proposal to completely ban the use of disposable plastics to curb the pollution of marine and ecological environment caused by increasingly serious plastic waste. According to the proposal, disposable plastic tableware is prohibited from entering the EU market since 2021. For some plastic products without substitutes, member states should reduce their use by 25% by 2025, and use 50% of plastic filter filters. . In addition, the European Parliament recommended that member states should increase the recycling rate of plastic products, and the recovery rate of plastic bottles should reach 90% by 2025.


The EU passed the ban on plastics, and the disposable plastic products were banned since 2021.


Fréderique Ries, a member of the European Parliament from Belgium, stressed in his speech that although Europe is only responsible for a small part of marine plastic waste, the EU should play a key role in developing a response plan.


Jo Leinen, a member of the German Social Democratic Party, said that beaches and oceans filled with plastic waste would threaten the natural environment and threaten animals, and the proposed new regulations would target 70% of the plastic waste already found on European beaches. Karl-Heinz Florenz, a member of the German CDF, said that the way in which plastics are produced and consumed must be changed and that industry should be encouraged to make environmentally friendly innovations.


According to data from the European Commission, about 8 million tons of plastics enter the ocean each year, and plastic products account for more than 70% of marine debris. These plastics have a huge impact on marine life, and fish and large aquatic mammals die after swallowing plastic. A large number of plastic particles are hidden in the marine food and are passed on to the table.


The EU passed the ban on plastics, and the disposable plastic products were banned since 2021.
欧盟通过禁塑令提案,2021年起禁用一次性塑料产品

Disposable plastic products such as plastic tableware, thin plastic bags, plastic cotton swabs, and straws can be seen everywhere in life. With the pursuit of convenient lifestyles and the development of tourism, the use of disposable plastic products is becoming more and more common. The pollution of the environment and the sea is also increasing. According to EU statistics, the proportion of plastic waste in all waste is as high as 85%, of which about half is a one-off product. Less than one-third of plastic waste is collected and reused, and most of the rest is left in landfills or in the environment. Plastics decompose very slowly, especially in the oceans and beaches, which are very harmful to birds, fish and other marine animals. The plastic residue eaten by the animals is fed back through the food chain and will return to people's table, which is harmful to human health.

欧盟通过禁塑令提案,2021年起禁用一次性塑料产品
In response to the global hazard of plastic waste, the European Commission submitted a proposal for controlling plastic waste in May, hoping to ban the use of disposable plastic items such as disposable tableware. This proposal was recently approved by the European Parliament on October 24.

欧盟通过禁塑令提案,2021年起禁用一次性塑料产品
The EU passed the ban on plastics, and the disposable plastic products were banned since 2021.


Our infinite dependence on plastic gives us the opportunity to be pervasive. Most of these plastic packaging will always exist and eventually flow into the ocean. It is easy to want plastic to disappear into the sea, it will soon fade out of people's vision, but it will be re-bundled with humans in various ways like ghosts. Now, the ratio of plastics to plankton in the Earth's oceans has reached 1:2. If no action can be taken, the plastics in the ocean will surpass the fish in 2050 - don't wait until that day, the pain of plastic pollution.




The United Nations declares war on disposable plastics and launches global anti-plastic pollution campaign
 
On December 4th, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the President of the 73rd UN General Assembly Espinosa announced the launch of the global anti-plastic pollution campaign. The action was initiated by agencies and countries such as the United Nations Environment Programme and Norway. Its objectives include two aspects: one is to reduce plastic waste within the United Nations system; the other is to work with United Nations Member States and United Nations agencies to raise public awareness on a global scale.


The United Nations declares war on disposable plastics and launches global anti-plastic pollution campaign
联合国向一次性塑料宣战,启动全球反塑料污染行动
Norwegian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mary Sculler, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly Espinosa, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Brown (from left to right) took a group photo after the press conference


Plastic pollution has threatened the ecological environment, public health and sustainable economic development. Among them, the ocean as the common environmental resource connecting the five continents of the world has become the biggest victim of plastic pollution. Up to now, the total amount of plastic waste in the global ocean is about 150 million tons. Every year, 12 million tons of new plastic waste is discharged into the sea, and 80% is caused by emissions from production and life on land. More seriously, 80% of marine plastic waste is plastic beads that do not exceed 5 mm in diameter. Plastic microbeads are a type of microplastics and are a major carrier of marine pollution.


The United Nations declares war on disposable plastics and launches global anti-plastic pollution campaign

联合国向一次性塑料宣战,启动全球反塑料污染行动
Espinosa said at a press conference held at the UN headquarters in New York that 80% of the disposable plastic products will eventually enter the ocean. It is expected that by 2050, the plastic in the ocean will exceed the fish. The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly will fully support the global anti-plastic pollution initiative.


The United Nations declares war on disposable plastics and launches global anti-plastic pollution campaign
联合国向一次性塑料宣战,启动全球反塑料污染行动

She expressed the hope that disposable plastic products will no longer appear in the United Nations office space, and the United Nations has now had an internal action road map.


The action was initiated by agencies and countries such as the United Nations Environment Programme, Antigua and Barbuda, and Norway. Its objectives include two aspects: one is to reduce plastic waste within the United Nations system; the other is to work with United Nations Member States and United Nations agencies to raise public awareness on a global scale.


The United Nations declares war on disposable plastics and launches global anti-plastic pollution campaign


Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Brown said at a press conference that Antigua and Barbuda has banned the use of disposable plastic products in the past two years, and has achieved positive results, hoping to drive other countries to take Similar initiatives.


Norwegian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mary Sculler, said that the use of disposable plastic products poses a threat to the oceans and human health, and consumers, businesses, governments, etc. should act in concert to find appropriate and clean solutions for the common future of mankind. .


Many countries have issued "ban on plastics"


Plastics not only integrates and facilitates people's lives, but also brings serious environmental pollution. It also takes more than 300 years to degrade. It has become the chief culprit in polluting soil, ocean, and even air and human body.


Faced with the global challenges brought about by disposable plastic pollution, many governments around the world have set off a “plastic limit” boom this year, and catering giants have stopped supplying or promised to stop supplying plastic straws. Although plastic straws are small, they are difficult to recycle and can cause serious harm to our environment and other organisms. At present, the consumption of plastic straws in the world is staggering. In the United States alone, about 500 million plastic straws are discarded every day, and the total length of the joints can be two and a half times around the earth.


The United Nations declares war on disposable plastics and launches global anti-plastic pollution campaign
联合国向一次性塑料宣战,启动全球反塑料污染行动

Recently, the United States KFC, South Korea's well-known chain coffee shop "An Qi Linuo coffee" and so on have stopped providing plastic straws in the store; McDonald's also plans to use paper straws in the UK and Ireland stores in 2019, trials in some stores in the United States Plastic straws; all Starbucks coffee chain stores plan to bid farewell to plastic straws by 2020, and are expected to reduce more than 1 billion plastic straws per year.


Since 2018, China has completely banned the entry of 24 types of solid waste such as waste plastics. Eric Solheim, executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme, believes that China’s fight against plastic “foreign waste” imports is a signal for rich countries that should strengthen recycling and reduce non-essential products such as plastic straws.


The British government announced earlier this year that it plans to promote a new “plastic limit order” in England to completely ban the sale of disposable plastic products such as plastic straws, plastic stir bars and cotton swabs with plastic rods.


In May of this year, the European Commission proposed a “plastic limit order” scheme, recommending the ban of disposable plastic products such as plastic straws, and replacing the plastic straws with straws made of more environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.


Before the EU ban was officially launched, many supermarkets in Germany have launched the “plastic limit” program. The German Reve Group and the supermarket chain "Leidel" announced in July that they would stop providing plastic straw products at the sales outlets. The supermarket chain "Edka" also said that it would develop reusable items to replace disposable plastic products.


More and more local governments in the United States are also addressing environmental concerns that may arise from plastic straws, and some cities in Florida, New Jersey, and California have banned plastic straws. In July of this year, Seattle became the first major US city to ban plastic straws. Some cities such as New York and San Francisco have also introduced legislation to ban plastic straws.


Should glass bottles replace plastic bottled beverages?
 
Glass bottles are a long-established packaging container, but with the birth of plastic bottles, plastic bottles have gradually seized market share. As the packaging of plastic bottles continues to be questioned, glass packaging has begun to return to people's attention.

It is understood that glass bottle packaging is currently the most popular packaging, 94% of consumers love glass bottled wine, and 23% of consumers are the preferred non-alcoholic beverages in glass bottles.

At present, most of the domestic beverage packaging is still made of transparent PE material packaging. Many consumers are also helpless about this phenomenon. After all, they are not producing themselves.

However, in the imported food counters, the beverage bottles are the opposite of the domestic ones. The imported beverages are mainly glass bottles, followed by aluminum cans, and finally plastic bottles. It can be seen that foreign countries attach much more importance to packaging and drinking safety than domestic ones. Domestic beverage packaging companies should follow the example of foreign countries, and glass bottled beverages are also more graded, which can bring profits.