The European Commission has proposed rules intended to reduce the buildup of single-use plastic in oceans. The rules would ban plastic products with a readily available and affordable alternative, such as cutlery, plates, straws and drink stirrers. In addition, manufacturers “will help cover the costs of waste management and clean-up, as well as awareness raising measures” for several plastic products, including “food containers, packets and wrappers (such as for crisps and sweets)” and “drink containers and cups.”

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