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EU to Propose Plastic-Bag Tax as China Curtails Waste Imports

Jan. 10, 2018, 3:21 PM

The European Union plans to propose a tax on plastic bags and packaging to help fill a budget gap and “in the interest of the world’s oceans,” the bloc’s budget chief said.

“What we wish to do is reduce the total volume of plastic in the environment,” EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in Brussels Jan. 10. “We are going to be proposing the possibility of introducing a tax on plastics to incentivize the reduced use of plastic packaging.”

Oettinger pointed to a move by China to curb imports of plastic waste and other scrap for recycling as helping to...

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