EU moves to make countries tackle plastic bag waste

According to Italy’s Environment League, Italians have been using a total of 20bn plastic bags per year.

European Union member states will be encouraged to tax or even ban plastic bags under proposals to tackle the tonnes of plastic waste that enters the water system and kills wildlife.

Some countries, such as Denmark, have greatly reduced the use of plastic bags by introducing mandatory charges. Monday’s initiative aims to spur all 28 EU states into action.

The proposals, if adopted by member states and the European parliament, would require EU nations to cut their use of the thin plastic bags given away in shops. But they fall far short of an EU-wide ban.

It would be up to EU countries to decide how to limit use by introducing taxes, national targets or possibly bans.

“Some member states have already achieved great results in terms of reducing their use of plastic bags. If others followed suit, we could reduce today’s overall consumption in the European Union by as much as 80 percent,” Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said in a statement.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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