"What is bavaria's business with plastic bags??" This question was posed by five women and one man during a panel discussion at cafe kitsch in kronach. The CSU women's union of the district had invited the participants, who also wanted to provide sensible approaches for action during this event. Anja weisgerber, chairwoman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the committee on the environment, nature conservation, building and nuclear safety, spoke above all about the new environmental strategies with regard to plastic waste. The pollution of the world's oceans is currently a burning issue in all the media.
On the one hand, the eu commission wants to ban certain single-use plastic products, and on the other hand, they want to curb consumption, says weisgerber. The municipalities are also to be given more rights of intervention in the future and are entitled to make certain stipulations. She also spoke about the new packaging law, which will come into force on 1 january 2009.1.The "plastic tute" comes into force in 2019 and has two main objectives: "firstly, to increase the recycling quota, and secondly, to create a new central body that ensures fair competition between market participants."
Above all, the municipalities are to be given a strong hand, as they have been able to make specifications for a coordination agreement with the dual system. But since the pollution comes not only from the EU, but also from other countries, much more needs to be done, especially internationally, weisgerber said. Before one imposes however prohibitions or even taxes on plastic, one must examine exactly whether the european union does not have to make here concrete defaults. "Maybe it would be better to use awareness campaigns, deposit systems and the like to encourage consumers to make more conscious decisions.
The problem is in the bag
And what a responsible approach to plastic could look like, weisgerber also provided: "buy loose goods instead of plastic trays, put fruit loose in the shopping basket, do without thick-walled plastic bags and always have a plastic bag with you. On the topic of "plastic bags weka's managing director paul was also quick to comment: "the problem is not in the boat itself, but in what's in it."
And so that the listeners could get a picture of this, he had brought along his 14 days' worth of household plastic rubbish. Carefully each piece was labeled and weighed out. Schnell: "and what is most absurd is that we use plastic bags for mull."
Moderator daniela thuroff, who led the discussion, asked melita braun of jako-O if there were any efforts to replace air cushions and packaging in an environmentally friendly way. "I have a black heart with green dots" he said, but we must not forget that goods must also be well packaged. Moreover, recycled poly bags cost almost twice as much. She herself has already implemented a project to make packaging materials more environmentally friendly, "but it's very expensive and a company has to be able to afford it financially."
When asked how the second mayor, angela hofmann, avoids excessive plastic waste, she said: "I have been using a woven shopping basket for many years, prefer to buy yogurt in glass, and find straws made of cornstarch no worse than those made of plastic. There are enough plastics that are biodegradable."
A lot is burned
Susanne knauer-marx, head of the waste management department in the district of kronach, considers degradable plastics to be rather problematic because they "end up in small pieces in the compost and are then distributed over the fields." The crowds came from somewhere else, she says. In this context, she also explained the current recycling system: "films and dimensionally stable plastics are sorted out and processed into granules. PET bottles, sheet metal, aluminum packaging, all of these can also be sorted separately. But this does not apply to 50 to 60 percent of the rest anymore. Small parts therefore end up in energy recovery and serve as substitute fuel.
The subsequent round of questions was opened by wolfgang rebhan, a councillor for the csu in kulmbach, with two questions for weisgerber: "couldn't we charter a coarse mull collection ship and use it to rid the oceans of plastic mull?? And how do you affect a country without a mull system??"
Prefer to avoid
The charter ship will probably not be realized, the chairwoman regretted, but in african countries in particular, energy consultants are employed to raise awareness for the environment. Pastoral counselor birgitta staufer said that one should not concern oneself with how many p's one finds in the components of plastic, but rather publish tips for its avoidance. Hans georg simon recommended that the money for the disposal should come from the system operators and that above all the trade should be involved. And the credo of all involved: "we have to explain to our children again how the world works."