The European Commission has detailed a draft legislative proposal to ban non-recyclable plastic items such as straws and balloon sticks as alternatives already exist in the market, according to a report.
In a May 15 news report, United Kingdom-based The Parliament Magazine, said it had seen the draft of the proposal which is due to be formally tabled by the end of May.
According to the report, the draft document criticized the increased use of plastics in short-lived applications which were “not designed for re-use or cost-effective recycling.”
The document follows earlier plans by the European Union to make all plastic packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030. The move was announced as part of the EU's plastic strategy earlier this year.
According to the magazine, the latest document sets out in more detail on the lengths to which the EC is aiming to go to curb single-use plastics.
The leaked document, it went on to add, calls for a “significant reduction” in the consumption of single-use plastic products.
While the details of the proposal are still being worked on, the report says the commission will suggest the plan address items like bottles, cutlery, cups and lids.