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The European Union has reached an agreement to reduce plastic packaging

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The European Union has reached an agreement to reduce plastic packaging

The Council of the European Union and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on Monday on a new regulation on packaging and its disposal through collection and recycling. The regulation aims to reduce waste and provides for a reduction of plastic packaging by 15 percent by 2040. Intermediate objectives are envisaged: reduction of 5 percent by 2030 and 10 percent by 2035.

Il new regulation provides for a progressive ban, starting from 2030, of single-use plastic packaging, such as that used for fruit and vegetables, and of non-recyclable single-use packaging used in bars and restaurants for condiments, sauces and sugar. Starting from 2030, packaging for small toilet products in the hotel sector (the so-called “samples”), the films used to wrap suitcases at the airport and very thin plastic bags (less than 15 microns) will also be banned. ). Services that provide food and drinks take away they will have to guarantee consumers the possibility of using their own bottles and containers, while from 2030 member states will have to guarantee the recycling of 90 percent of plastic bottles and cans on the market, implementing empty return points.

The agreement is the result of a long negotiation and provides for some exceptions: the new regulation will have to be definitively approved by Coreper, the council of permanent representatives of governments in the European Union, and by the European Parliament. It will come into force 18 months after final approval.

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