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European Bioplastics wants a ban on plastic bags

European Bioplastics has published its latest position paper on shopping bags, ahead of the forthcoming European Commission proposal on single use plastic bags. The association recognizes that an overall reduction in the consumption of plastic shopping bags will play an important role in increasing resource efficiency and moving Europe towards a more sustainable economy.

European Bioplastics supports posing a levy or taxation on oil-based plastic shopping bags, or even a banning of bags except under the condition that shopping bags containing at least 50 percent biobased content should generally be exempted from the ban or tax.

In countries where organic waste is organically recycled, certain compostable shopping bags should be exempted from the ban or tax.