The nightmare of plastics threatens Greece

Some interesting reading here and information on “Sea Change Greek Islands” intitiative that was kicked off last year which is well worth a quick “Google” and a very informative video in English for a quick appreciation of some of the issues associated with plastic waste in Greek Waters. 
 

A plasticized world directly threatens the environment and our lives, contaminating the land and the seas of the planet. The numbers that reflect the pollution strike a red alert and our dexterity from the plastic is one way. More than 80% of marine litter is plastic. The products covered by the new EU legislation account for 70% of the total marine litter. Due to the slow decomposition rate, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and beaches. Plastic remains are found in species such as sea turtles, seals, whales, but also in birds, but also in fish and shellfish and hence in the human food chain. Taking into account these elements,

The ban on disposable plastic cutlery, cotton swabs, straws and plastic stirrers will come into force in 2021. Member States should achieve the target of 90% of plastic bottles by 2029, while the plastic bottles should come at least 25% from recycled material by 2025 and 30% by 2030. The agreement also strengthens the application of the polluter pays principle by introducing a system of increased liability for producers. This new regime will also apply to fishing gear to ensure that producers, not fishermen, bear the cost of collecting gear lost at sea.

On the occasion of the Community Directive, the Athens-Macedonian News Agency and journalist Katia Papadopoulou carried out a survey on plastic pollution in Greece, presenting data from studies and reports by the environmental organizations WWF and Greeenpeace, hosted the initiatives and moves of the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Environment Hellenic Recycling Organization, while its own position is presented by MKO Eco Rec (Ecological Recycling Company). Lastly, the “Sea Change Greek Islands” program of Athanasios K. Laskaridis, the charitable foundation, is being mapped, which promotes the gradual elimination of plastics and their complete replacement in the Greek seas.

 

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