(MULTI) – IATE Term of the Week: marine litter | TermCoord


“According to the European Commission, more than 80% of marine litter is plastics. Together they constitute 70% of all marine litter items. Due to its slow decomposition, plastic accumulates in seas, oceans and on beaches in the EU and worldwide. Plastic residue is found in marine species – such as sea turtles, seals, whales and birds, but also in fish and shellfish, and therefore in the human food chain”.

Marine litter, especially plastic waste pollutes our oceans and the new EU rules, adopted by Parliament’s environment committee on 10 October, tackle the 10 single-use plastic products most widely found on European shores. The use of single-use plastic items will be forbidden. This plastic pollution affects the food chain, and more seriously human beings’ health. It also implies an economic waste for the sectors that depend on the sea. As a consequence, there is …

via Terminology Coordination Unit [DGTRAD] – European Parliament

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