Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee approved a report today for reducing the consumption of plastic bags.
The main objective of the amended directive on packaging and waste is to limit the negative impacts on the environment, in particular in terms of litter, to encourage waste prevention and to reduce significantly the number of single-use “lightweight” plastic bags which is defined as 50 microns or less in thickness.
Plastic bags pollute soil, water and kill thousands of marine wildlife (ecosystems). In 2010, more than 8 billion plastic bags ended up as litter in Europe. Every European citizen used, on average, 198 ... More