New rules to curb litter from the most commonly found single-use plastics on our beaches were adopted today in the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. MEPs voted to address the 10 single-use plastics that are most often found washed up or still in the sea. As part of the draft rules, some single-use plastic products are to be banned from the market where alternatives are readily available and affordable. Where plastics do not have straight-forward alternatives, the draft laws aim to focus on limiting their use through Member States’ plans that target consumption, design and labelling requirements as well as clean-up obligations for producers.
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