Greece Aims to Eradicate Single-Use Plastic by July 2021

During a clean-up drive at a beach north of Athens, the environment minister pledged that Greece would phase out the plastics over the next 12 months.

Volunteers mobilized by the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation picked up trash on the beach of Schinias, a protected wetland northeast of Athens, on Saturday. The foundation has launched a campaign to eradicate single-use plastic in cooperation with the Environment Ministry.

Speaking from Schinias on Saturday, Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said Greece will adopt a European Union directive banning single-use plastic items such as straws, forks and knives this month with the aim of phasing them out by July 2021.

Greeks use an estimated 1 million plastic coffee cups each day, the minister said.


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