The European Union is proposing a ban on single-use plastics to help protect marine life.
The governing body also wants almost all plastic bottles to be collected for recycling by 2025.
The plan will need to be approved by the 28 member states and the European Parliament before it can be passed.
The EU estimated that the ban will help avoid 3.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions, prevent damage to the environment that would cost the equivalent of €22bn (£19.2bn) by 2030 and save consumers €6.5bn.
Frontpage September 13, 2019