Germany's perfect plastic recycling system strikes back at the EU reduction proposal
in Germany, it can be said that the shadow of white pollution cannot be seen at all, because they have a perfect plastic recycling system, and the consumption of plastic bags in Germany is less than half of the European average. According to the German plastic packaging and Film Association IK, the research results, coupled with the fact that 99% of used plastic bags are recycled, This makes the EU's proposal to reduce plastic bags unnecessary in Germany
this study was commissioned by IK, BKV plastic and recycling platform and HDE Retail Association, and conducted by the German Packaging Market Research Association GVM. Research shows that 6 billion plastic handbags were used in circulation in Germany in 2012, equivalent to 86000 tons of total consumption, with 76 handbags per capita per year. GVM reported that the annual per capita consumption of plastic bags in Europe is 198
ik said: the study proved that handbags accounted for 3% of the total consumption of plastic packaging, that is, 0.17% of municipal waste. In the view of GVM, in Germany, the correlation between handbags and garbage is limitedDr. J ü rgen Bruder, general manager of IK, said: the packaging recycling system in Germany is perfect, which can ensure that plastic handbags are not left in the environment, but are sorted and sent to mechanical regeneration and energy recovery. Due to these well functioning waste management structures, no relevant action is required in Germany
this study is a response to the proposal of plastic bag reduction announced by the European Commission in November. The European Commission calls for reducing the use of thin plastic bags and allowing EU Member States to freely choose the most appropriate plastic reduction measures for products with small dosage and large effect of additivesKai Falk, director of HDE, said, "the food industry has expressed its position for decades, promising to distribute only paid handbags to end consumers." IK believes that the proposal of the European Commission may bring unexpected environmental impacts. IK method is usually called according to the measured brittleness of the material: "according to GVM research, the intervention measures proposed by the EU, such as banning the thickness of less than 50 μ M plastic handbags (including many suitable for recycling) are unnecessary and not constructive measures. Industry experts worry that this will only encourage consumers to use thicker handbags. "
according to the association, German plastic bags have been treated with a high degree of responsibility. The study shows that 48% of handbags are renewable, and 72% of end consumers will use handbags many times. Only 11% of retail food and chemical products are taken home by consumers who should actively carry out ecological design and put them into new plastic handbags
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