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MEPs call for binding target for reducing the use of plastic bags

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Plastics and waste industries oppose MEPs promotion of biodegradable bags.

MEPs today called for binding targets to be added to a revision of rules on the use of plastic carrier bags. At the plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs voted to add an 80% reduction target by 2019 to a European Commission proposal that aims to clarify policies on the use of plastic bags in the member states.

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Plastics industry warns that allowing national bans on non-biodegradable bags will cause single market and environmental problems.

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MEPs concerned that the Commission's proposal excluded all existing food additives on sale before 2011.

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Member states would have to meet a target for phasing out plastic bags, but can choose how to reach it.

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Campaigners welcome outcome, which would contain only minimal opportunities for derogations from banned species list.

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European Commission plans to draw up a list of plants and animals that have a negative impact on the environment.

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    1. Time for root and branch reform? You need an active subscription to read this article

      The annual ‘European Tree of the Year award' was held at the European Parliament last week, honouring the best in arboreal achievement.
    2. MEPs split over plastic bag bans You need an active subscription to read this article

      Plastics industry warns that allowing national bans on non-biodegradable bags will cause single market and environmental problems.
    3. MEPs call for binding target for reducing the use of plastic bags

      Plastics and waste industries oppose MEPs promotion of biodegradable bags.

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