In order to ensure that the bans on certain disposable plastic products and oxo-degradable plastic resulting from the EU Directive (2019/904/EU) take effect on time as of 3 July 2021, the federal government has submitted the so-called Disposable Plastic Prohibition Ordinance for a vote to be taken. Due to the increasing use of short-lived plastic products, which are not very resource-efficient and are often improperly disposed of after use, thus contributing significantly to environmental pollution, it is proposed to prohibit plastic products for which suitable alternatives already exist.
These include disposable plastic products such as cottonwool swabs, cutlery, plates, drinking straws, stirrers, balloon sticks, food containers made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) in the fast food sector, beverage cups and beverage containers made of EPS, as well as products made of oxo-degradable plastic (plastic that is fragmented after a certain time by means of additives and can then be released into the environment in an uncontrolled manner as micro-plastic).
The Ordinance banning the use of disposable plastics transposes the EU regulations into German law on a one-to-one basis, which means that no further changes are to be expected and the Ordinance should take effect in good time.
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