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MEP: if Latvia does not fight against plastic waste, the country will drown in it

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEuropean Commission’s proposed ban on using single-use plastic products in EU member states is a very important step to begin combating plastic waste problem, says MEP from Latvia Inese Vaidere.

«It is a powerful signal for Latvia’s government and society. It is the last chance to act and resolve this problem in our country. If we do not actively fight against the growing plastic waste problem, Latvia, similar to Asia and elsewhere in the world, will drown in waste,» says the MEP.

The proposal from EC is voiced in a time when Latvia actively discusses possible adoption of a PET bottles deposit system. Without this system, Latvia is unlikely to be successful in the future, adds Vaidere.

The MEP adds: «I fully support the proposal to establish a ban on single-use plastic plates and glasses. It will be a major step forward in the fight against the build-up of plastic waste. Such a serious step will be followed up by several major benefits. One important fact is that a majority of those plastic products are not made in Europe – they are imported from other regions. This means local producers will not suffer from the ban. More importantly, residents and producers will be motivated to think more ecologically and pushed to replace plastic packages with more environmentally friendly alternatives.»

Vaidere especially emphasized the importance of involving all EU member states in this initiative: «Now is the time for Latvia to seriously consider the matter with introduction of a plastic bottle deposit system. It is one of the most important points detailed in EC’s proposal: all EU member states will have to collect 90% of plastic bottles by 2025. This can be done using a deposit system. This is why I hope Latvia’s government will listen and consider this matter. This matter cannot be steered by a narrow group of interests. It has to transform in a solution for a global problem.»

«I fully support EC’s chosen direction – member states should educate residents about the damage single-use plastic products cause to the environment, and motivate them to take action to resolve this problem. This will not happen overnight, in a month or even a year. A change in the system and people’s minds is needed to ensure the environment is safe from plastic. Nevertheless, this initiative has a big future. In time, we will see the benefits from it,» comments Vaidere.


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