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The EU is banning single-use plastics by 2030

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The European Union (EU) is taking a significant step towards reducing plastic waste by banning single-use plastics by 2030. This initiative is part of a broader plan to make packaging more sustainable across the EU.

The new rules will target various types of single-use plastic packaging, including those used for packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables, food containers including individual servings of sauces and condiments, and single-use plastic toiletries found in hotels.

The EU's action plan

Packaging waste is a growing concern in the EU, with the amount of plastic packaging waste per person nearly doubling between 2011 and 2021. To tackle this, significant steps are being taken.

The proposed legislation aims to ensure that all packaging in the EU is recyclable by 2030. Additionally, the overall amount of packaging used must be cut by 15% by 2040.

Tackling plastic pollution on a global scale

Experts warn that plastic pollution in the ocean could triple by 2040 if urgent action isn't taken. In 2022, UN members agreed to develop a treaty to end plastic pollution, with negotiations currently ongoing.

The World Economic Forum's Global Plastic Action Partnership also aims to bring together governments, businesses, and civil society to translate commitments into concrete actions that reduce plastic waste.

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