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    Single-Use Plastic in EU Crosshairs

    The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for a ban on certain products yesterday amid increasing alarm over ocean pollution and China’s decision to no longer recycle waste from the West. The proposal would see 10 single-use products with readily available alternatives — including straws, disposable cutlery and cotton buds — banned by 2021, and plastic in cigarette filters reduced by 80 percent by 2030. It would also require manufacturers to help fund waste management, and would mandate that 90 percent of plastic bottles be recycled. The proposal now awaits approval by member states.

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