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EU parliament approves ban on single
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for an EU-wide ban on single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks. The European Commission, the 28-nation EU's executive arm, proposed banning such items that it said account for 70 percent of the waste in the oceans and beaches. The legislation which supporters want to take effect by 2021 must still be approved in negotiations involving the member states, parliament and the commission. read more


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