As of 1 January 2021, all non-recyclable plastic waste will stop being shipped to developing countries.
Under new rules set up by the European Union only ‘clean plastic waste’ – things that can be recycled – can be exported to non-OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries.
The Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius said: “These new rules send a clear message that in the EU we are taking responsibility for the waste we generate. This is an important milestone in fighting plastic pollution, transitioning shifting to a circular economy, and achieving the aims of the European Green Deal.”
Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste each year.
85% of litter found on beaches around the world is plastic.
It’s hoped that EU countries will improve their sorting and recycling.
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