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Italian Banned Plastic Swabs
- Jan 02, 2019 -

In order to further eliminate disposable plastics, Italy began to ban non-biodegradable or non-compostable cotton swabs in 2019.


From January 2020, the ban will extend to plastic particles used in cosmetics.


Environmental organization Legambiente recently discovered more than 14,000 cotton swabs at 245 beaches in Italy. According to Legambiente, this figure is equivalent to an average of 60 plastic rods per beach.


According to recent data from the European Environmental Agency (EEA), cotton swabs account for about 4% of the garbage registered on European beaches.


Italy also allocated 250,000 euros to improve the packaging and marketing of cotton swabs. Since then, manufacturers have been asked to provide "clear information about the proper disposal of these products." Producers who fail to comply may face a fine of 25,000 euros and may be ordered to suspend production.


The move is also in line with the EU's plastics strategy to ban multiple disposable plastic products by 2021.


The new EU directive was approved by the European Parliament on December 19 to ban the sale of disposable plastic products such as plastic swabs, cutlery, plates, straws, beverage blenders, balloon sticks, oxidatively degradable plastic products and polystyrene foam. Food and beverage containers.