New EU plans to burden householders with additional recycling requirements were condemned today by Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis.

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee this afternoon adopted proposals put forward by Italian Socialist Vittorio Prodi which seek to enforce a harmonised set of rules across the whole European Union on the disposal of plastic waste.

The plans call for binding targets up to 80% recycling, harmonised EU criteria for collection, sorting and waste management and for local authorities to set up collection points for plastic waste. They also call for plastic bags to be “radically reduced” and possibly even phased out.

Mr. Prodi’s proposals also call for the establishment of a “European Day for plastic waste” on which citizens could return any volume of plastic waste to predetermined points in return for monetary compensation.

Mrs. Yannakoudakis, who is a member of the European Parliament’s environment committee, condemned the proposals saying:

“Families already have to sort their rubbish into a variety of bins. New EU rules, if implemented, could increase burdens on how much and in what way we need to recycle. 

“We need to better dispose of our waste, but any new rules must not lose grip of reality. The EU is taking green rules to the extreme once again. And gimmicks such as an EU-wide ‘Plastic Waste Day’ are likely to be as popular as flies around a bin.”

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