European Parliament back plans to slash plastic bag use 80 per cent by 2019

European Parliament back plans to slash plastic bag use 80 per cent by 2019
2014-04-17 01:02:27

WAM STRASBOURG, April 16th 2014 (WAM) — The European Parliament on Wednesday backed plans to slash the use of plastic shopping bags which, carelessly thrown away, end up as unsightly litter and pollute the environment, AFP reported.

The European Union estimates that each citizens uses an average of nearly 200 plastic bags a year and want that cut by at least 80 per cent by 2019.

The initial target is a cut of 50 per cent by 2017 compared with 2010 levels when some eight billion such bags ended up as rubbish.

The proposals call on member states to use taxes, levies, marketing restrictions or outright bans to end what has become a scourge of modern living.

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