The European Parliament has adopted new rules aimed at reducing the pollution stemming from irrepressible use of plastic bags. Shoppers will be obliged to use re-usable bags, less hazardous for the environment, or pay extra at the counter.
Once the rules are confirmed later this year, the 28 member states will be required to reduce the use of plastic bags by some 80 percent by 2025.
The states will have a choice of which route to take to achieve the set target. The first choice is for shoppers to reduce the use of “non-biodegradable plastic bags to 90 lightweight bags per citizen by the end of 2019 and 40 by the end of 2025,” the EU Parliament press release reads.