Single-use plastic ban proposed by European Commission

By: Irene Lorenzo
Date posted: 29 May 2018

Common single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks could be banned across Europe, the European Commission announced yesterday. There is no timeline yet for this world-first legislation to tackle plastic pollution at continental level.

Sea Turtle
© Linda Balon

For each one of the plastic items flagged as problematic, the European Commission has proposed a series of policy measures that include bans, reduction efforts, labelling and Extended Producer Responsibility schemes (making plastic items more expensive to reflect the environmental damage they cause).

These are the main proposals:

The proposal does still need to be discussed, amended and voted by the European Parliament and the EU Member States. Regardless of how Brexit unfolds, MCS will follow the process closely as part of the Break Free from Plastic movement, to ensure the legislation has the highest level of ambition possible.

Actions you can take

  1. Join the Plastic Challenge
  2. Download our 'Living without single-use Plastic' guide

Did you know?…

Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded almost 50% fewer bags on beaches

Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles

Globally, plastic litter has reached every part of the world’s oceans