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Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) has approved the proposal to ban single-use plastic used on certain consumer products.

The approved proposal will ban single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds beginning from 2021. Other banned products are products made of oxo-degradable plastics, such as bags or packaging and fast-food containers made of expanded polystyrene.

The approved proposal also targets to reduce the consumption of several other items, for which no alternative exists, by at least 25% by 2025. These items include single-use burger boxes, sandwich boxes or food containers for fruits, vegetables, desserts or ice creams. Member states will draft national plans to encourage the use of products suitable for multiple use, as well as re-using and recycling.

Other plastics, such as beverage bottles, will have to be collected separately and recycled at a rate of 90% by 2025.

This proposal will proceed to MEP negotiating with the European Council when EU ministers will have set their own position on the file.