July 15th, the Parliament of Croatia made it public of its adopting of the Waste Management Act. This is revealed through a press release stating that a majority vote approved the act. 43 voted against it, 2 were abstentions, while 75 agreed to it.
Recently, many governments and countries have started adopting laws reducing or banning the selling and using of plastic products. This time, Croatia has now been included with this act seeking to ban the selling of single-use plastic products. These products are plastic-made cutlery, straws, and cotton buds.
To take this further, a marketing ban was also placed on lightweight carrier bags made of plastic and will be implemented from 2022. Also, it is important to note that plastic carrier bags that are extremely lightweight will not be included in this bad. In addition, a marketing b ad will also be placed on products having stoppers or plastic lids from 3rd July 2024.
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The Croatian parliament revealed that countries and states will not take charge of drafting a plan for waste management. Before this new law was adopted, units of the local government alone had the right to outline these plans.
This Waste Management Act comes with great importance as it will help in reducing pollution, thereby give protection to the environment. Using such products will last just a few minutes; however, their decomposition could last hundreds of years. Moreover, there are some plastics that are non-degradable.