BUDAPEST – Hungary to ban single-use plastics next year

At the press conference presenting Hungary’s climate and nature protection action plan, Innovation and Technology Minister László Palkovics explained that next year the government will be banning the retail of disposable plastics and take measures to replace mass-produced, disposable products with reusable, recyclable ones.

The government also plans to increase the area of forestation to 27% by 2030.  In 2015, Hungary was lagging behind the EU average of 41.7%, as only 25.2% of the country’s total area was covered by forests.

The next ten year government plans aim to increase Hungary’s solar energy production capacity six-fold.

Other measures include incentivising the purchase of small and cheap electric vehicles, eradicating illegal waste sites, establishing a waste management authority, and issuing green government bonds.

The state will also plant ten new trees following the birth of every newborn. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)

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