October 24, 2018 / 11:50 AM / a month ago

CORRECTED-EU lawmakers move to ban throw-away plastics

(Corrects to delete lightweight plastic bags from banned list)

* Straws, some bags, cotton-buds to be banned by 2021

* Final rules to be decided with EU member states

* EU plastics waste exports graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2I9C4Zh

By Alissa de Carbonnel

STRASBOURG, Oct 24 (Reuters) - European Union lawmakers moved on Wednesday to ban widely-used, throw-away plastics such as straws and place a greter burden on manufacturers to recycle in an effort to clean up ocean litter.

Under the proposal, overwhelmingly backed by the European Parliament, some single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives would be banned by 2021. EU states would be obliged to recycle 90 percent of plastic bottles by 2025, while producers to help cover costs of waste management.

EU lawmakers added polystyrene fast-food containers and products made of oxo-degradable plastics, which critics say do not fully break down, to the list proposed by the EU executive earlier this year.

The EU’s final rules still need to be approved in talks with member states. (Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Additional reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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