Over 80th of the waste found in the oceans is plastic, according to European Union information. Vast garbage patches at sea are having a devastating impact on the ocean ecosystem. A lot of animals are trapped by them. Others mistake them for food, with the chance that it results in their deaths or the same plastic returns to land served on our dinner plates.

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Many formats and kinds of plastic exist, almost all needing an average 1,000 years to decay; in other words, they'll be floating around to check another millennium. The worst of it's that we’ve solely used many of these plastics one time before throwing them away.

But these days are numbered for some of them – and we are not talking figuratively here. The EU Council and Parliament reached an agreement many months ago to ban single-use plastics from 2021 onwards. The theory goes: if it isn’t made, it can’t pollute. This drastic measure can help diminish the accumulation of waste in the ocean and continue to raise awareness in society of the need for responsible use of our resources.

According to the agreement, the following single-use plastics should disappear before the above-mentioned date:

  • Plastic plates
  • Plastic cutlery: spoons, forks, knives, and stirrers
  • Plastic straws
  • Cotton swabs made with plastic
  • Plastic sticks with that to hold balloons
  • Cups or glasses made from expanded polystyrene
  • Expanded polystyrene food containers, like fast food boxes, with or without covers, used to contain things for immediate consumption in situ or to take away, and which can be consumed without further cooking or reheating
  • Oxo-degradable plastic products, i.e. plastic materials that contain additives which, in aerobic conditions, lead to micro-fragmentation of the plastic because of oxidation.
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Additionally, a quantitative reduction is planned in the use of:

  • Plastic food recipients like fast food boxes, with or without covers, used to contain things for immediate consumption in situ or to take away, and which may be consumed without further cooking or reheating
  • Plastic cups, together with first-rate for them.

The EU Member States have additionally set associate degree objective of 90th for the collection of plastic bottles, which must have a minimum recycled content of 25th in 2025 and half-hour by 2030 to minimize the accumulation of waste in the ocean

Awareness-raising about the environmental harm

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The accord, as well as banning all these single-use plastics, requires packaging, like those for wet wipes, to inform the buyer of the damage caused to the environment if the things are not disposed of properly.

The EU has additionally introduced a “polluter pays” system for the management of cigarette filters containing plastic. Producers will have to cover the prices of public waste departments for collecting cigarette butts and the waste points designed for them.

We have raised awareness of using many daily products once solely, However, currently there are all types of alternatives which don’t pollute and we're always there, long before plastic came into being. It is time to refresh our memory and keep in mind that, to live well, it’s not necessary to throw away.