European Parliament legislates against single-use plastics

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The European Parliament is set to implement a plastic ban that would restrict the use of single-use plastic items in the next two years, Reuters reports.

Lawmakers voted last week in favor of banning a total of 10 single-use plastic items including cutlery, straws and balloon sticks.

Disposable containers made out of expanded polystyrene as well as products made out of oxo-degradable plastic will also be banned in order to cut down on marine plastic pollution, according to a European Parliament news release.

According to the European Commission, 80 percent of litter in the ocean was found to be plastic.

By the year 2025, it will be mandatory for plastic bottles in Europe to contain at least 25 percent of recycled content.

The legislation also set a target of collecting and recycling 90 percent of the single-use plastic bottles by 2029.

Companies in Europe will be required to teach users how to correctly dispose of items such as tobacco filters, plastic cups and wet wipes, CNN reports.

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1. EU Flag, plastic bottle and a blocking sign
2. Eu Flag, cutlery, straw and a balloon on a stick
3. Disposable container, bottle and plastic in ocean
4. Highlighted plastic bottle and a measurement bar

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Reuters reports the European Parliament is set to implement a plastic ban that would restrict the use of single-use plastic items in the next two years."

"Lawmakers voted last week in favor of banning a total of 10 single-use plastic items including cutlery, straws and balloon sticks."

"According to a European Parliament news release, disposable containers made out of expanded polystyrene as well as products made out of oxo-degradable plastic will also be banned in order to cut down on marine plastic pollution."

"By the year 2025, it will be mandatory for plastic bottles in Europe to contain at least 25 percent of recycled content."

"The legislation also set a target of collecting and recycling 90 percent of the single-use plastic bottles by 2029."

SOURCES: CNN, Reuters, European Parliament, European Commission,
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/28/europe/eu-single-use-plastics-ban-intl-scli/index.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-environment/eu-lawmakers-back-ban-on-single-use-plastics-set-standard-for-world-idUSKCN1R823W
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190321IPR32111/parliament-seals-ban-on-throwaway-plastics-by-2021
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-18-3909_en.htm