Too much plastic and one-way packaging are being combated in various ways. The German Environment Minister brings in new proposals that are important for restaurants, among other things.
- The plastic surplus has been fighting for years from many sides, but the proportion of Packaging waste high in Germany.
- Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD *) wants to increasingly rely on reusable products and expand the deposit rules.
- But there is more to it than that, say the Greens.
Berlin – Burger and sandwich packaging, styrofoam trays for pasta and disposable coffee-to-go cups: Take away food and drink often means a lot Packaging waste. For many restaurants, this out-of-home service is extremely important, especially at the time of the partial lockdown at the end of this Corona year, in order to be able to earn some money at all. Since “To-Go” is trendy anyway, the Federal Environment Minister is looking for Svenja Schulze (SPD) continues to look for a way to bring the environmental aspect more to the fore.
That plastic is a problem in the oceans, in animals and in our daily environment is not new. Many organizations have been campaigning for less waste and packaging for years. Among other things, the European Union enforced that from mid-2021 Disposable plastic cutlery and Plastic straws disappear from the market. In the supermarket today there are more paper bags than thick plastic bags like in the past.
Fight against plastic: Schulze wants reusable packaging and expanded deposit requirements
But it remains unattractive in many places: Overcrowded rubbish bins on streets or in parks are not uncommon in 2020, especially in large cities. And that, although many bakeries and Cafes meanwhile Reusable deposit cups for coffee and other beverages. From 2022, Schulze believes that this should be mandatory. Food also needs to be touched up. That is why providers of to-go dishes should also have a mandatory Reusable packaging so that the customer can decide for himself – at no extra charge for the reusable product. In addition, the Deposit obligation be extended to all single-use plastic bottles and beverage cans, i.e. also apply to juice, wine or spirits, for example.
But the Bill also sees Exceptions in front. If a shop has a maximum of three employees and an area of no more than 50 square meters, then it should be enough for customers to fill the products in reusable containers that they have brought with them. The sale of food on plates or wrapped in aluminum foil is excluded, as is pizzerias that sell pizza in cartons. Because the goal is first and foremost Avoiding plastic waste.
That’s why it’s good too recycling of plastic necessary. For this it should be stipulated that a quarter of new PET bottles must be made of recycled plastic in 2025, Schulze said in the SWR. The consumption of packaging in Germany is increasing year after year: According to the Federal Environment Agency, 2018 fell overall 18.9 million tons of garbage at.
Plastic / Ministry of the Environment: Will the law come in this legislative period?
That this Packaging Act needs to be reformed in Germany is related to an EU directive. In some cases, however, Schulze’s plans go beyond that. Your State Secretary, Jochen Flasbarth, is “very confident” that the proposal will get through in the coalition with the Union. According to the plan, the law could already be im Summer 2021 come into force, but the cabinet and the Bundestag must first give their consent.
“Obligation to offer reusable to-go packaging in cafes and restaurants is a first step in the right direction – but we also need a reusable quota and a tax on harmful one-way packaging,” said so @BarbaraHMetz to plans of @ SvenjaSchulze68 https://t.co/Vw8lmggeuQ
– German Environmental Aid (@Environmental Aid) November 20, 2020
The Greens * calling in the Bundestag to go further. For example, more reusable items are needed for food packaging in retail and shipping packaging. Of the German environmental aid (DUH), in turn, there was praise, but also further demands: “It is a first step in the right direction to oblige fast-food chains and coffee outlets to offer reusable reusable cups and food boxes for to-go food,” said Vice- Federal Managing Director Barbara Metz. But it needs a binding one Returnable quota. “In addition, the negative environmental impact of disposable cups must be felt in the price,” she warned – reusable cups only become standard for consumers if disposable cups are significantly more expensive.
The environmental policy spokeswoman for the FDP parliamentary group, Judith Skudelny, even described the Federal Minister’s initiative as a “farce” and not only criticized the acquisition costs for restaurateurs: “Suddenly the argument of hygiene insecurity for reusable containers no longer counts, which is extremely questionable in a pandemic *.” Schulze knows however, Skudelny was convinced that the law would no longer be implemented during this legislative period. (cibo with material from dpa and AFP) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen digital network.