Norway to Fast Track Single-Use Plastics Ban

May 8, 2019, 3:00 PM

Disposable plastic items like cutlery, plates, and straws will be banned within twelve months, Norway’s Climate and Environment Ministry said.

Although no law has yet been drafted, the Ministry said the new measures will likely be in effect by the summer of 2020. Other banned plastic items will include chopsticks, cotton swabs, and drink stirrers, according to the Ministry.

While the European Union will likely give final approval to similar bloc-wide legislation within weeks, member nations will then have two years to implement the new rules.

Norway is not an EU member but follows EU law through its membership in ...

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