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2020.02.27 12:48

Lithuania to join European Plastics Pact

Erika Alonderytė, BNS2020.02.27 12:48

Lithuania is set to join the European Plastics Pact in an effort to tackle plastic pollution and reduce the use of disposable plastics.

The Cabinet on Wednesday gave to greenlight to join the pact.

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Initiated by France and the Netherlands, the pact aims to encourage the responsible use, collection, sorting, re-use and recycling of plastics and the use of recycled plastics in manufacturing.

"The Environment Ministry welcomes this initiative and proposes joining it at the governmental level, because the implementation of the objectiveswill help Lithuania achieve the goals set in other EU circular economy legislation," Environment Minister Kęstutis Mažeika told the Cabinet.

The yearly report by the European Commission published on Wednesday said "environmental sustainability in Lithuania is low overall, the main contributing factors being low resource efficiency, high pollution levels from fossil fuel consumption in transport, and little progress on the circular economy".