Germany has introduced a 5-point action plan to combat the plastic waste in the country. The action plan aims at turning around from more and more to less and less waste with regards to packaging and short-lived items.
The blueprint will target unnecessary products and packaging and would place a ban “if necessary”. The new plan expects companies to make their packaging more environmentally friendly and to increase the role of reusable packaging.
Svenja Schulze, German Environment Minister, plans to build drinking fountains everywhere, making sitting benches out of recycled material and placing fruits directly in shopping carts rather than plastic bags. These changes are part of a recycling plan presented by the Environment Minister in Berlin.
Schulze, said, “We simply produce too much plastic in our consumer and disposable society”. She stressed on “No to the Throwaway Society. She, further added, “Even if we don’t want to do so at all, we export these consumption patterns to emerging and developing countries.”
About 220.5 kg of packaging waste per capita was generated in Germany in 2016, which was – significantly more than the EU average.
One of the important proposal of Schulze is to make drinking fountains – a common site in countries such as the U.S. in order to discourage consumers from purchasing plastic water bottles. She, stated emphatically, “There should be easily reachable water refill stations in public places.
Schulze wants that products become better repairable and recyclable, spare parts to be in stock, and the mandatory use of recycled plastic. In addition, she wants to strengthen the requirements for compost and for the disposal of packaged food so that fewer plastic particles end up in biowaste, biogas, and sewage treatment plants.