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After years of stalemate, the agreement reached during the trilogue on a directive proposal unblocked rules requiring member states to reduce consumption of plastic bags with a thickness lower than 50 microns.
The use of plastic bags, often considered as disposable items, has had serious consequences on the environment over the years, as they are frequently disposed in the environment. The agreement reached during the trilogue on the directive proposal aims at reducing consumption of plastic bags made of thin material, in order to avoid producing waste and mitigate the overall environmental impact by promoting a more efficient use of resources. In particular, the proposal requires member states to adopt measures aimed at reducing consumption of plastic bags with a thickness lower than 50 microns.