German authorities have banned the production of single-use plastic items that cannot be recycled and reused. So the country wants to reduce the amount of garbage by 20%.
Germany has banned the sale of disposable plastic straws, food containers, and appliances. This initiative is linked to a European Union (EU) directive to reduce the amount of plastic that pollutes the environment.
Authorities have demanded an end to the sale of plastic items, including plates, stirring sticks, and balloon holders, effective July 3, 2021. In the event that the authorities discover illegal production, they will impose a fine on the company in the amount of 100 thousand euros.
Environment Minister Svenia Schulze noted that this is an important step towards avoiding plastic. She added that up to 20% of the garbage that collects in parks and public places is single-use plastic, “it is easy to replace it with reusable dishes or utensils.” In this case, plastic decomposes for decades, and microscopic particles get inside fish, birds, and other animals.
Earlier, the German government has developed a plan to abandon plastic – it consists of five points. One of the most important requirements is the prohibition of plastic goods that cannot be recycled and reused. First of all, we are talking about disposable plastic dishes, bottles, and tubes.
At the same time, the authorities have already banned packaging goods in plastic bags and selling plastic bottles. The ministry of the environment said that companies that use recyclable and environmentally friendly material in their products will receive additional bonuses from the government.