Micro plastics pollution spillage in Spain pushes EU Law Makers to consider stronger plastic pollution law!
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Micro plastics pollution spillage in Spain pushes EU Law Makers to consider stronger plastic pollution law!


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Micro plastics pollution spillage in Spain pushes EU Law Makers to consider stronger plastic pollution law!

Some European Union lawmakers are pushing to strengthen a planned law on micro plastics pollution, after millions of plastic pellets washed up on the coast of Spain’s north-western Galicia region.

Tiny plastic pellets are used to manufacture everyday items from water bottles to shopping bags. They are also an environmental menace, adding to the scourge of plastic in the oceans – and fiendish to clean up because of their tiny size.

The EU is developing a law to prevent spillages of pellets, 176,000 metric tons of which are accidentally released each year, according to the European Chemicals Agency.

Joao Albuquerque, the EU Parliament’s lead negotiator on the new law, on Thursday said he had proposed expanding the requirements for companies to prevent spills to also include the shipping sector – particularly after the incident in Galicia.

“This has become extremely urgent. These dramas are almost always avoidable,” Albuquerque told an EU Parliament committee meeting.

His proposal would also expand the law to cover not only pellets, but the plastic flakes, powders and dust used to manufacture products.

The Parliament is racing to agree its negotiating position, to give talks with EU countries to finish the law a chance of concluding before EU elections in June.

The millions of pellets washed up in Spain came from at least one container that fell from a vessel off the coast of neighbouring Portugal last month.

Micro plastics have been found in the human body, polar sea ice and the deepest ocean trenches, and can kill birds and turtles that eat them.


Malaysia, Philippines and India high on plastic pollution

More must be done to encourage the adoption of environmentally-friendly alternatives to plastic packaging to tackle Malaysia’s plastic waste issue, say environmental groups.

Ecotourism and Conservation Society Malaysia president Andrew Sebastian said the massive increase in plastic packaging waste since the Covid-19 pandemic was due to the rise in popularity of delivery services.

Both industries and consumers have become accustomed to these services, which use plastic packaging, he said.

In Feb 17 this year, a visual graphic by the Visual Capitalist put Malaysia as the third-biggest global contributor to plastic pollution in the ocean with 73,098 metric tonnes, after the Philippines with 356,371 metric tonnes and India with 126,513 metric tonnes.


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