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The average number of plastic carrier bags  used per person per year in EU countries in 2010. Dark blue is for single-use bags, light blue for multi-use bags. Figures for countries marked with an asterisk are based on estimates.        

Up to 200 plastic bags are thrown away every year by the average European, most of them after having been used only once. The tiny particles these bags are made of can enter water or even the food cycle. To reduce these risks, the EU wants to restrict the use of plastic bags. MEPs and the Council have agreed a deal, which the environment committee will put to a vote on 31 March, ahead of the plenary vote in April. Watch the meeting and check out our chart on the use of plastic bags in the EU