Plastic Free July
Every July VOICE takes part in an international movement: Plastic free July.
This year marks an important moment though, as the EU Single Use Plastic Directive came into force at the start of the month. The Directive attacks single use plastics through a series of targets and measures including:
- Banning the 10 most common items found in the marine environment including plastic cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds
- Ban on Styrofoam cups and plates by 2021
- Responsibility for cleanup of packaging to be put onto producers by 2024
- A 90% collection rate of plastic drinks bottles by 2029
Requiring a 25% recycled plastic content for plastic drinks bottles by 2025 and 30% by 2030.