Germany also puts a spell on plastic straws

Germany is going to ban plastic cotton swabs, straws, cutlery and plates, balloon sticks and food trays. That's what the German cabinet decided today. Disposable plastic will be banned from 3 July 2021.

Germany's decision is in line with European Union regulations to combat plastic pollution. From 2021, the use of disposable plastic will be banned in the EU.

The German Minister of the Environment says the decision is part of a plan to tackle the 'discard culture'. More than 20 percent of garbage in public places is disposable plastic.

Plasticberg grown by corona

The decision comes at a time when the use of, for example, plastic cutlery has increased in the hospitality industry, for fear that the virus might be transmitted via ordinary reusable cutlery. As a result, the mountain of waste has grown in recent months."

In the Netherlands, free plastic bags were already banned in 2016. Since then, the number of plastic bags in litter has fallen by 60 percent. The Netherlands will also ban disposable plastic items such as straws from 2021.

In recent months, more and more companies have spoken out against disposable plastic. For example, HEMA is banning disposable plastic and IKEA and McDonald's no longer want to use plastic straws.