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EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics
[STRASBOURG] European Union lawmakers moved on Wednesday to ban widely-used, throw-away plastics such as straws and place a greter burden on manufacturers to recycle in an effort to clean up ocean litter.
Under the proposal, overwhelmingly backed by the European Parliament, some single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives would be banned by 2021. EU states would be obliged to recycle 90 per cent of plastic bottles by 2025, while producers to help cover costs of waste management.
EU lawmakers added polystyrene fast-food containers and products made of oxo-degradable plastics, which critics say do not fully break down, to the list proposed by the EU executive earlier this year.
The EU's final rules still need to be approved in talks with member states.