Member states will also be required to increase the collection plastic bottles to 90 percent by 2025; reduce the use of plastic material; raise awareness among the public, and increase labelling on certain products.
The comprehensive initiative builds on its recently announced plastics strategy to transform the bloc’s economy to become more circular.
The EU is hoping that the move to phase-out the use of plastics and other unsustainable practices can usher in a new type of economic model which prioritises reuse and recycling. This could create new jobs, efficiency savings and prevent an estimated €22 billion in environmental damage by 2030.
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