EU DRAFTS BAN ON SINGLE-USE PLASTIC PRODUCTS
On October 10, the European Parliament's Environment and Public Health Committee approved a draft proposal to ban single-use plastic products from the EU market beginning in 2021. Products under the proposal include those made of oxo-degradable plastics, fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene, single-use cutlery, and drinking straws. The plan also introduces collection and recycling targets for fishing gear containing plastic, which represents 27% of waste found on Europe's beaches. The full European Parliament is scheduled to vote on the proposal at the end of the month. For the full story, see http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20181009IPR15501/plast….