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Plastic in the ocean: the facts, effects and new EU rules

The most effective way to tackle the problem is to prevent more plastic getting in the ocean.
Single-use plastic items are the biggest single group of waste found on sea shores: products such as plastic cutlery, drink bottles, cigarette butts or cotton buds make up almost half of all sea litter.

For the rest, a range of other measures is proposed:

✊ Consumption reduction targets of 25% by 2025 for food containers and 50% by 2025 for cigarette filters containing plastic
⚠️ Obligations for producers of items such as wrappers, cigarette filters, wet wipes etcetera to cover the costs of waste-management and clean-up (so called extended producer responsibility)