Plastic bag ban voted through
On July 2nd, the National Council voted to have a plastic bag ban in place by 2020
Plastic waste in Austria: Generation, treatment and recycling
To meet the ambitious recycling targets and requirements set out in the EU’s Circular Economy Package and to prepare for the implementation of the EU Plastics Strategy, the BMNT invests in innovative research work and studies on plastics. Efforts focus on a quantitative survey of the plastic waste accruing in Austria and on an inventory of established recycling technologies. For this purpose the BMNT commissioned two studies which will be outlined below.
What can each of us do?
It is very simple to do without certain plastic products, in particular without single-use products. In doing so, each of us can make a valuable contribution to a clean Environment.
Ban on plastic carrier bags
Based on European agreements like the Circular Economy Package and the Plastics Strategy, Member States are to take various efforts to reduce plastic waste and their spread in the Environment.
The European Plastics Strategy
The European Strategy for Plastics published by the European Commission is an essential part of the European Union’s Circular Economy Package.
Single-use plastics banned in the EU from now on
The ban of plastic plates, drinking straws and other throw-away products made of plastics has been fixed.
“Bye Bye Plastic Bags – towards fewer short-lived bags”
In line with the waste hierarchy, the avoidance of waste has top priority. Plastic carrier bags serve a variety of purposes and will continue to be used in the future. For ecological reasons, however, it is advisable to reduce the number of plastic carrier bags.
Bye Bye Plastic Bags on the road to success
The figures from the first survey are promising.