The European Commission is proposing a ban on single-use plastic products, including straws

The European Commission has proposed banning single-use plastic products such as cotton buds and plastic straws, and putting the burden of cleaning up waste on manufacturers in an effort to reduce marine litter. 

Under the proposal, single-use plastic products with readily available alternatives will be banned and replaced with more environmentally sustainable materials. 

The proposal also requires EU countries to collect 90% of single-use plastic drink bottles by 2025 and producers to help cover costs of waste management and clean-up. 

The Commission proposal will still need to be approved by the European Parliament and Council, and the Commission said it hoped for it to be given the green light before the European elections in May 2019. More at Reuters.