Based on statista's infographics, The European Parliament bans on a range of single-use plastics in an effort to curb maritime pollution. It will ban items such as plastic straws, cutlery, plates and cotton swabs by 2021. 90 percent of plastic bottles are recycled by 2025.
The products that will be banned account for over 70 percent of maritime litter. Measures need to be taken to reduce pollution from tobacco products, particularly cigarette filters that contain plastic. one butt can pollute between 500 and 1,000 liters of water. It takes up a decade to bio-degrade.
The following infographic shows how long it takes for a range of other plastic items to bio-degrade in a marine environment. The estimated number of years for selected items to bio-degrade in a marine environment is listed as:
600 years - Fishing Line,
450 years - plastic bottles,
450 years - disposable diapers,
400 years - plastic beverage holders,
200 years - aluminium cans,
50 years - Styrofoam sups,
20 years - plastic grocery bags,
10 years - Cigarette butts.
Image source: https://www.statista.com/chart/15905/the-estimated-number-of-years-for-selected-items-to-bio-degrade/
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