EU weighs in on plastic waste ban plan


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The European Union is planning a strategy to deal with plastic waste within the next five years, as Reuters reports.

Deputy president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, complained to The Guardian newspaper of “single-use plastics that take five seconds to produce, you use it for five minutes and it takes 500 years to break down again”.

In November 2017, the UK Finance Minister (Chancellor of the Exchequer), Philip Hammond, said his government was considering charges on single-use plastics, and dissuading their use through tax penalties.

Recent action has been sparked by China’s announcement that it would refuse to accept loads of plastic waste, which it previously took for recycling from many countries.

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