EU Sets New Rules to Regulate Plastic Bags

EU Sets New Rules to Regulate Plastic Bags

Brussels, Belgium, December 17, 2014 – Meeting in Brussels today, the Council of the European Union reached a political agreement on a draft directive to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags. In a new set of rules, the Council intends to limit the negative environmental impact of litter from plastic carrier bags. Plastic carrier […]

European Parliament Supports Carrier Bag Reduction

European Parliament Supports Carrier Bag Reduction

Berlin, April 16, 2014 – Today, the European Parliament adopted a report to demonstrate its support for decisive action to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in Europe. The Parliament’s report exempts very lightweight plastic carrier bags (below 10 micron thickness) from the scope of any measures. The report further requires their replacement […]

European Parliament Takes Aim At Plastic Bags

European Parliament Takes Aim At Plastic Bags

STRASBOURG, France, March 11, 2014 (ENS) – Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee Monday approved a report for reducing the consumption of single-use lightweight plastic bags. The report advances the MEPs’ process of amending the law on packaging and waste to limit the negative impacts of plastic bags on the environment, based on a […]

European Commission Plastic Bag Survey

Overwhelming public support for EU plastic bag ban Seas at Risk & EEB joint release Brussels, 17th January 2012. Over 70% of respondents to a European Commission public consultation have voted in favour of a ban on the distribution of plastic bags. Two green groups, Seas at Risk and EEB, say the Commission should now […]

Mediterranean Sea Turtles Die Choking on Plastic Bags

Mediterranean Sea Turtles Die Choking on Plastic Bags

ATHENS, Greece, June 7, 2012 (ENS) – The plastic bags floating in the Mediterranean Sea are killing many sea turtles as they mistake the white bags for the jellyfish they prey upon, says the Mediterranean Association to Save Sea Turtles, MEDASSET. On May 23, World Turtle Day, MEDASSET launched an awareness raising campaign on the […]

EC Plastic Bag Survey Says Citizens Want Bag Ban

EC Plastic Bag Survey Says Citizens Want Bag Ban

15,000 Citizens Responded; 70% Said Ban Bags Last year, the European Commission (EC) issued a consultation (survey) asking the citizens of its 27 member countries how best to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags.  70.55% of the respondents agreed that an EU ban on plastic carrier bags is needed.  A total of 78.3% agreed […]

Austria Urges European Commission To Analyze Plastic Bag Issues

Austria Urges European Commission To Analyze Plastic Bag Issues

At its meeting on March 14, 2011, the European Commission(EC) was asked by the Austria Delegation to consider measures that would regulate plastic carrier bags in all member countries. Italy, a member of the European Commission, instituted a ban this year on plastic carrier bags. The Austria Delegation pointed out that, under the rules of […]