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European Parliament back plans to slash plastic bag use

Published on Apr 16, 2014 11:58 PM

STRASBOURG (AFP) - The European Parliament on Wednesday backed plans to slash the use of plastic shopping bags which, carelessly thrown away, end up as unsightly litter and pollute the environment.

The European Union estimates that each citizens uses an average of nearly 200 plastic bags a year and want that cut by at least 80 per cent by 2019.

The initial target is a cut of 50 per cent by 2017 compared with 2010 levels when some eight billion such bags ended up as rubbish.

The proposals call on member states to use taxes, levies, marketing restrictions or outright bans to end what has become a scourge of modern living.

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