The Netherlands is doing its part to help rid plastic pollution that harms marine life and the planet as a whole by implementing a ban on disposable plastics. This green initiative, which will kick off on July 3, 2021, will also include educational campaigns that propose alternatives to single-use plastics, as well as beefing up its overall recycling.
Some of the banned disposable plastics are expected to include plastic cutlery, straws, cups and bottles, which are some of the biggest culprits. These greener measures are a part of a greater effort by EU countries to combat plastic pollution, which is required as a part of their national legislations.
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Other efforts were launched back in 2016, when The Netherlands banned free plastic bags, which reportedly lead to a substantial reduction in bag waste. The country also charges its citizens for waste disposal, but recycling is free. So, essentially, a household’s waste bill will decrease when there is more recycling.