A picture taken on May 24, 2018 in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany shows plastic straws. The EU Commission is to present a plan to ban the single-use products in the fight against plastic waste. / AFP / dpa / Patrick Pleul
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The European Union proposed Monday a bloc-wide ban on single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery and cotton buds while urging the collection of most plastic drinks bottles by 2025 .These items must all be made from sustainable materials instead, according to the plan which must be approved by the 28 EU member countries and the European Parliament.The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said businesses will benefit from one set of rules for an EU market of around 500 million people.The EU currently exports half of its collected and sorted plastics, 85 percent of which goes to China.
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