Greece to ban single-use plastic this year, ahead of 2021 EU deadline

·

Greece has drafted a bill banning the use of a range of single-use plastics, from takeaway coffee cups to cotton buds, ahead of an EU deadline in 2021, the government said on Tuesday.

Greeks, who are heavy coffee drinkers, annually require 350 million plastic cups and 2 billion plastic bottles, the environment ministry said. In the European Union, about 80% of the litter that ends in the sea, endangering marine life, is plastic.

The EU is to ban a range of single-use plastic items by 2021.

Plastic waste pictured at the bottom of the sea, off the island of Andros, Greece. July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Stelios Misinas

Conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has set environmental issues at the top of his agenda. The government hopes the bill will be voted on by the end of July following a period of public consultation, an official told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said Greece was a laggard compared with some EU countries and belonged “more to the 19th century” when it came to recycling.

He said the country was announcing its plans now to give people and businesses time to adapt by July 2021.

The minister also announced a set of national measures, including a 0.04 euro surcharge for the provision of plastic cups and food containers from 2022 and water facilities in public spaces from July 2021. From 2023, consumers will get a refund if they return plastic bottles.

Sourced By: Reuters

Monument to migration - Mother's Day

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
Angelo Tsarouchas Skits and Wits tour

Advertisement

Latest News

Fresco of Helen of Troy uncovered at Pompeii

Nearly 2,000 years since it was buried by volcanic rubble, the lost city of Pompeii is yielding even more impressive discoveries.

New casual Greek restaurant brings meze and cocktails to Adelaide’s CBD

Andrew Papadakis, the visionary who founded and successfully sold Meze Mazi, returns to the vibrant Adelaide restaurant scene.

Two Greek women included in ’30 Under 30′ Forbes list

In this year's European Forbes "30 Under 30" list, two exceptional Greek women have managed to stand out for their successful paths.

2,300-year-old tomb unearthed in Greece

A tomb in the ancient Macedonian city of Aegae in modern Vergina, Greece,  has been unearthed according to an All That’s Interesting report.

Yorgos Lanthimos’ new movie ‘Kinds of Kindness’ included in Cannes lineup

New films from Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrea Arnold and Francis Ford Coppola, will compete for the Palme d’Or at the 77th Cannes Film Festival.

You May Also Like

Maria Sakkari storms into Berlin Open quarter finals

Maria Sakkari has beaten Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Thursday evening to reach the quarter-finals of Berlin Open.

Oakleigh unites to celebrate Greek Independence Day with dances and live music

The inaugural Greek Independence Day Festival in Oakleigh brought Greeks of all different ages together on Saturday.

Kathy Kostoglou: The Victorian cooking pastitsio for flood victims

Residents of the Victorian town of Echuca are currently experiencing a flood crisis, with the Murray River reaching a 100-year high.