The European Parliament will debate new proposals on the definition of litter on Wednesday (15 June).
The discussions will be part of an overarching European Union (EU)-wide 50% reduction target of land-based litter by 2030, which could lead the way to a 50% reduction of marine litter over the same timeframe.
Back in May, Miroslav Poche, a member of the European Parliament, representing the Czech Republic, called for the definition of littering to be clarified as “any action or omission by the waste holder, whether wilful or negligent, that results in litter”.
The Parliament is also proposing that EU countries restrict single-use products for the sake of litter prevention.
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In a statement, the organisation said: “The current discussions going on in the European Parliament are one step in the legislative process – but a very important step.
“It will be another couple years before this legislation makes its way into each EU member state's legal system.”
Earlier this month European Bioplastics backed a new European Parliament report on revised waste legislation which emphasised the role of bioplastics to help the move to a circular economy.
The report, produced by Italian MEP Simona Bonafè, set out the legal measures needed for a shift from a linear to a circular economy where waste was considered a valuable resource, and moves to a low-carbon bioeconomy, which used resources more efficiently.