It is, in particular, disposable dishes, Cutlery, straws-straws for drinks, cotton sticks and plastic anchors for balloons.
"Europeans need to act together to tackle this problem", EU vice president Frans Timmermans told the Independent.
The European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules on Monday aimed at reducing plastic pollution in cities and oceans by banning several plastic products.
New research done by campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) said that industry interests had monopolised too much of the Commission's time during the build-up to the release of the Plastics Strategy in January.
The directive would also make European Union countries set national targets for reducing the use of plastic food containers and drinks cups, force industry to help cover the costs of waste management, and encourage deposit refund schemes in countries so that 90% of single-use plastic drinks bottles are collected by 2025. Estimates by the Commission show that the net benefits of the proposal are obvious. Other products, such as food containers made with plastics, or plastic bottles, will see their usage reduced.
The member states will be obliged to withdraw 90% of all single-use plastic drinks bottles from the market by 2025. "In other cases, the incentive to look for more sustainable solutions can give companies the technological lead over global competitors".
The Commission also said it would force producers to assist on covering the costs of waste management and clean-up, as well as awareness-raising measures for food containers, packets, and crisps packets and candies, drink containers and cups, cigarette butts, wet wipes, sanitary pads, balloons, and lightweight plastic bags. "We call on the European Parliament and EU Ministers to put in place such targets and set a shorter review period to ensure an effective and swift move beyond single-use plastics".
There will be even detailed labelling of products such as wet wipes balloons and sanitary towels to educate citizens of the environmental impact they have when they are not disposed of correctly.
- Extended producer responsibility schemes to be established for fishing gear containing plastic. It is a good signal that producers of fishing nets will now have to cover the costs of collection of old nets delivered to port facilities.
The European Commission plans to ban a number of plastic disposable products and to penalize member countries of the EU for plastic trash that is not recyclable, reports DW.