European Parliament Votes to Ban Microplastics

By an overwhelming majority (597 to 15 votes), the European Parliament voted for a ban on microplastics by 2020. In particular, the prohibition applies to microplastic particles used in personal care and cleaning products, ostensibly to improve their cleansing properties. Mark Demesmaeker, a Belgian member of the European Parliament and responsible for the EU strategy on plastic, stated that it is high time for action. See the notice of the EU Parliament.

In January, the EU Commission asked the ECHA to create a restriction dossier in Annex XV of REACH for consumer and commercial products.

In addition, the Commission is considering prohibiting single-use plastics, such as party goods, plates, and balloon sticks and asking companies that package the goods to share the recycling costs. The Parliament will vote on those measures in October.

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