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No disposable plastic utensils will be used in Vilnius city events

 

A remarkable decision was made by Vilnius City Council today. No disposable plastic utensils will be used in Vilnius city events as of March 2020. The decision will help to reduce the plastic waste in the city and teach the residents how to be more mindful about their waste disposal.

„I am pleased with the decision reached by the Members of the Council. The restrictions on the use of plastics in the city events encourage the public to become friendlier to the environment which is where they live. We are one of the first cities in Lithuania to take a determined stance towards this initiative. This decision by Vilnius City Council is yet another right step towards mindfulness and eco-friendliness“, said Mayor of the capital Remigijus Šimašius.

At the moment the attempts to avoid waste are our main priority and a principle of the circular economy. Vilnius is also working towards joining these eco-friendly initiatives. Such decisions teach the population to be more mindful about their waste disposal and reduce the plastic waste.

It has been noted that vast amounts of single-use plastic utensil waste accumulates during the big events causing harm to the eco systems.  On 8 May 2019, the EU Council adopted a Directive aimed at reducing the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. The Directive states that the sales and the use of single-use plastic products, such as disposable cutlery, plates, cups, glasses, beverage containers and straws, cotton bud sticks and sticks for balloons will be banned in the EU from 2021.

„The examples of the Western countries show that we are rapidly moving from the attention economy to the trust economy. Businesses that give thought to the environmental protection and sustainability are more ready to face the new economic challenges and rising customer expectations. Therefore, I am convinced that this decision of the city is a brilliant opportunity for the businesses to become leaders in the field of the environmental protection, to build trust with the public and become role models to others“, said Member of the Council Lukas Savickas.

The disposable plastic products are usually intended for a single or short use after which they are disposed of. The discarded disposables pollute the environment, the land, the waterways and the oceans, and the microplastics can enter a human food chain. It is hoped that once this decision is adopted at the city level, the plastic pollution will be significantly reduced.