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European Parliament votes to ban single-use plastics in bid to tackle pollution

Ambitious proposal will see plastic cutlery, straws and cotton buds phased out across continent

  • Josh Gabbatiss
  • Independent

The European Parliament has voted for an extensive ban on single-use plastics to stop pollution entering the world’s oceans.

Lera 1aProducts including plastic plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds will all be eradicated from 2021 under the plans.

The ban is intended to affect items for which valid alternatives are available, which are estimated to make up over 70 per cent of marine…

In a far-reaching set of proposals, EU lawmakers also set out plans to…

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