Shame of EU Ministers failure to cut plastic bag waste.
What’s the current status? Well, right now at time of writing, a group of European Union (EU) Member States – including the UK, Romania, Greece, Croatia and Poland – is blocking a European Parliament proposal to reduce plastic bag use by 80% by 2019.
This is in complete opposition to the 92% of Europeans who agree that measures should be taken to reduce single plastic bag use.
ZeroWasters around Europe have long urged taxation on one-time use , non-recyclable bags. This latest opposition simply amounts to a failure by our leaders to respect the environment, common sense or public opinion. They show a complete disregard for the negative environmental consequences of pollution from plastic bags which we see all around us every day.
Negotiatins between the European Parliament, Council of European Union and European Commission will restart on Monday 17 November, with the representatives from each member state meeting this Friday (14 November) ahead of those talks. If they do not produce an agreement, the proposal will have to be rethought and may be scrapped completely.
Despite Ireland’s success story, the EU Council of Ministers want such decisions to be left up to national governments. We urge our readers to write to their MEP and ask that the EU policy follows that implemented successfully by Ireland.