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Czech Republic misses EU single-use plastics ban deadline

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The Czech Republic has yet to approve the European directive banning single-use plastics that came into force on Saturday and could face sanctions due to the delay, according to a report by Czech Radio.

The Ministry of the Environment, however, expects that Czech MPs will soon approve the directive and that the now-banned products will disappear by June 2022.

Adopted in 2018 after several months of negotiations between EU member states of the European Union, the directive bans a dozen categories of plastics.

According to the European Commission, the products concerned represent 70% of the waste washed up in the oceans and on the beaches.

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