Brussels says 2030 deadline, 30% reduction for marine litter

'Not enough' say environmental organizations

07 July, 14:37

    Algerian volunteers clean the Zeralda beach, west of Algiers, Algeria (archive) Algerian volunteers clean the Zeralda beach, west of Algiers, Algeria (archive)

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS - The European Commission wants to reduce marine litter by 30% for 2030, but its proposal is "not enough" for environmental activists, who are asking for mandatory and more stringent measures including a narrower deadline.

    "A non-binding target of 30% is not enough, and will simply allow member states to carry on as before," says Emma Pristland of Seas At Risk, the European association of non-governmental environmental organizations including Italy's Legambiente, involved sea protection.

    Environmental organizations would like to see the Europe Commission make the proposal required for all states, while shortening its deadline and increasing waste reduction requirements to a targeted 50% reduction by 2020. "Every second, 454 pounds of trash end up in oceans and seas", Antidia Citores of beach and ocean clean foundation Surfrider Europe said. "The European Commission made a proposal based on what it believes is feasible and measurable", Joe Hennon, spokesman for European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik said.

    "Of course, we hope that reductions will be the highest possible and we will keep the situation under control". (ANSAmed).

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