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IrelandIreland finally takes the decision to ban plastic straws and nine other ‘single use’ items

01:50  23 may  2019
01:50  23 may  2019 Source:   extra.ie

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LONDON — The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a ban on single - use plastics such as straws , plates, cutlery and cotton-swab sticks in Europe by 2021, joining a global shift as environmentalists emphasize the urgency of halting the use of materials that are detrimental to the

Plastic items such as cutlery and straws would be banned in the EU under plans approved by MEPs. The European Parliament has voted for a complete ban on a range of single - use plastics across the union in a bid to stop pollution of the oceans.

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Plastic straws and nine other single-use plastic items will be phased out of Ireland in the coming months.

Ireland is banning single-use plastics, including straws, cotton buds and cutlery with the items set to be completely illegal by 2021.

The list is based on plastics that are most frequently found polluting European beaches with plates, cutlery and balloon sticks also included on the naughty list.

The European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastics by the year 2021 back in March while the European Council officially approved the move yesterday.

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The European parliament has voted to ban single - use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste Frans Timmermans, a European commission vice-president, who has spearheaded the plan, said: “Today we have taken an important step to reduce

Plastic straw bans are going into effect around the US. California recently became the first state to nix In July, Seattle became the first major US city to ban single - use plastic straws and utensils. "That means the companies producing and selling all this packaging must take responsibility for it and

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Speaking to Dublin’s 98fm, Mindy O’Brien from Voice Ireland welcomed the decision.

She said: ‘Recycling is good, but we have to look at how we prevent the creation of that waste in the first place.’

Speaking about the move, Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune said: ‘Figures show that plastic production is 20 times higher now than in the 1960s and is set to quadruple again by 2050.

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‘Reducing the amount of plastics in our oceans and on our beaches is vital to protect marine life and also to ensure that fish, and as a result the food chain, are not further contaminated by plastics.’

‘Ireland has led the way on the fight against plastic when it introduced the levy on plastic bags in 2002, resulting in a 90% drop in the use of plastic bags in Ireland.’

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That means eliminating use of those pesky single - use plastics , with policies like bag and straw bans . Restricting single - use plastics has worked in other countries. Although there is no national movement to ban plastic bags in the United States yet, several cities and states have taken it up.

"Today's proposals will reduce single - use plastics on our supermarket shelves through a range of measures. "We will ban some of these items and substitute them with cleaner The plan does not set a deadline for a total ban on single - use plastic items such as cotton buds, plates and straws .

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