EU Parliament to Ban Plastic Straws and Cutlery

By Paul Riegler on 30 March 2019
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DSC_0074 (1)The European Parliament approved an EU-wide ban on single-use plastics. The measure, which was passed by 560 votes to 35 in the Strasbourg assembly, will go into effect in 2021.

The measure will ban the unnecessary use of plastic items such as straws and plastic cutlery, which are too light to be recycled and end up in landfills instead.

Plastic straws and utensils can easily be replaced by their paper or bamboo equivalents.

First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said that he hoped the measure would serve as an example to the world.

Dozens of hospitality companies including Marriott International, Hyatt Hotels, and Starbucks and multiple airlines including Alaska Airlines, Ryanair, Fiji Airways, and Thai Airways have already pledged to discontinue the use of such items.

Municipalities have taken similar action as well. The city of Seattle has banned plastic utensils and drinking straws at all food vendors.

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