People are flooding the Earth with plastic, and recent decades have seen dramatic growth in this regard, says the non-governmental organization Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). According to her research, we have so far produced at least 10 billion tonnes of plastic, most of which has remained unprocessed. The EIA demands a ban on the export of rubbish. The European Commission is announcing its own proposals in this matter by November this year.
Humans have already produced 10 billion tons of plastic, of which about six billion are in landfills or pollute the terrestrial and aquatic environment, according to the non-governmental organization Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), based on its research. According to her, in 65 years, plastic production has increased by 18,300 percent.
The EIA believes that the export of rubbish is part of the plastic litter problem. He mentions Germany, France, Belgium and Italy as the largest waste exporters. They overload the waste management systems of countries that are unable to keep up with recycling their own waste, the organization says.
Belgian MEP Sara Matthieu from the Green-European Free Alliance party supported the ban on the export of rubbish.
– This is a huge problem today. We export our plastic waste from Europe to third countries, where we have no control over whether the rubbish is recycled there or simply landfilled, Matthieu told Euronews. – We need to ban the export of plastic because we cannot be sure that the waste is managed properly in the countries to which it is exported – she added.
New rules for exporting waste?
35 MEPs and 60 international organizations working for the environment signed the manifesto to the institutions of the European Union to deal with the problem. The declaration was forwarded to the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkeviczius. He admitted that steps in this matter are needed.
– In the coming weeks, we will propose, in my opinion, the most ambitious rules in the world for the export and management of waste. The ban would assume that the country receiving the waste has to voluntarily purchase it and is in fact capable of recycling it in a sustainable way, Sinkeviczius said.
The European Commission assumes that a proposal to ban plastic exports will be expected until November.
EIA – what it is and what it does
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an international non-governmental organization with offices in London and Washington. Founded in 1984 by Dave Currey, Jennifer Lonsdale and Allan Thornton, three British environmental activists.
The EIA conducts environmental research and investigations and campaigns against related crimes and abuses.
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