The situation of pollution of seas and beaches with plastic waste has recently become particularly serious, affecting not only the quality of sea water and beaches but also of all marine ecosystems. About 280 million tons of plastic are produced annually in the world, which is added to the amount of 4900 million tons of plastic constituted as waste, starting with the 50s.

    In the plastic tide that surrounds us, disposable plastics are the largest component, accounting for about 70% of the volume of marine litter.

The European Union manages to be among the first to take action against this situation introducing the elimination of the use of certain disposable plastic packaging. With the entry into force of Directive (EU) 2019/904 on reducing the environmental impact of certain plastics, ten single-use plastic products are largely banned from 3 July 2021.

    In Romania, disposable cutlery and plates, ear sticks, straws / chopsticks for stirring drinks, chopsticks attached to balloons, products made of degradable plastics by oxidation and containers for fast food and beverages from expanded polystyrene can no longer be marketed.

 

But not all plastic products. they were outlawed as part of the new reforms. For some plastic products such as: disposable bags, containers for beverages and food for immediate consumption, packages and packaging, cigarette filters, sanitary ware and wet wipes will continue to be restricted, manufacturers are required to pay for waste management plastic and organize awareness campaigns on their impact on the environment.

    EU Member States have developed their own laws for the implementation of Directive 2019/904 on the single use of plastics. Some Member States, such as France, Germany and Luxembourg, have even decided to complete the list of banned disposable materials.

The ultimate goal is to achieve an EU circular economy model whereby by 2030 any disposable plastic left as waste will be reusable or recyclable.

However, this welcome measure attacks only the “top of the iceberg” because the situation of existing plastic waste in huge quantities of 4900 million tons on land, but also in the form of floating islands in the seas and oceans of the world remains unresolved

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Author: Muntoiu Alexandru  – ECOM Team Romania

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