City of Brussels bans plastic at all outdoor events
The City of Brussels has introduced a ban on plastic cups, trays and straws at all outdoor events - including this weekend's Tour de France festivities and the upcoming Brussels Summer Festival.
The new regulations came into force on Monday and a list of the prohibited items has been distributed to events organisers.
The ban is described as a first step towards a new charter on sustainable events that the City of Brussels wants to establish.
"Our ambition is to make the capital a pioneer of zero waste," said Zoubida Jellab, the Ecolo city councillor responsible for public cleanliness.
Brussels' big outdoor events - including Winter Wonders and the Brussels Summer Festival - generate 1,200 tonnes of unsorted waste each year, a lot of which is plastic.
The success of the plastic ban will be evaluated in 2020, with a view to introducing broader measures.
Should never have happened. This should have been done decades ago.
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