Germany finally bans single-use plastic productsEuropost
The German government finally agreed to ban sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds, cutlery, plates, stirring sticks, balloon holders and food containers from July 2021, news wires reported. The move brings the country in line with an EU directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic waste.
Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said the decision was part of an effort to move away from a "throw-away culture." "Many single-use plastic products are superfluous and non-sustainable use of resources," she said. Indeed, up to 20% of trash collected in parks and other public spaces in Germany consists of single-use plastic, primarily polystyrene containers.
Germany amassed a record 18.7 million tons of packaging waste in 2017, according to data published by the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). Plastic takes decades to degrade and microscopic particles have been found inside fish, birds, and other animals.