Austria’s cabinet has approved ambitious plans to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags, following in the footsteps of France and Italy.
According to the government, the ban would see a massive drop in the amount of plastic waste produced by the land-locked alpine nation by between 5,000 and 7,000 tons annually.
The new legislation passed by Austria’s centre-right government on Wednesday is expected to be introduced at the beginning of 2020.
In October, European lawmakers backed an EU ban on single-use plastics from 2021.
This includes single-use straws, plates, cutlery, stirrers and cotton buds, which the EU says makes up 70 percent of all marine litter.
Scientists have proven that it takes a plastic carrier bag longer than other bags, which can cause irreversible damage wildlife.
Meanwhile, in England, large shops have been charging shoppers 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags since 2015. Similar charges are also applicable in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The number of plastic bags used in England has sharply dropped by some 80 percent since the government introduced the charge.
According to UK government data, over 7.6 billion single-use plastic bags were given to customers by major supermarkets in England in 2014, approximately 140 bags per person or the equivalent of about 61,000 tonnes of plastic.
Source video: Daily Mail
Source: Daily Mail
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