From January 1, a ban on the export of plastic waste that cannot be recycled from the European Union comes into force. According to the new rules, only garbage that can be disposed of is allowed to be sent to states that are not members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

European Commissioner for the Environment Virginijus Sinkevičius said: “These new rules make it clear that the EU takes seriously the responsibility we take for the waste we generate. This is an important step in the fight against environmental pollution from plastic waste, in the transition to a circular economy. and towards achieving the goals set out in the Green Pact for Europe.

Every year in Europe, 25 million tons of plastic waste is produced and only a third is sent for recycling. 85 percent of beach trash around the world is plastic.

As part of the EU ban, importing and exporting countries must agree on how to transport environmentally hazardous waste.