Cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, have been searching with ideas on how to tackle the country's rising use of plastics. In 2017, when the country produced 18.7 million tons of plastic waste – 226.5 kg per person – plastics use in Germany reached a peak.
Though overall recycling rates in Germany are high by far – nearly 70% – the level when it comes to plastics barely reaches 50%. This puts a tremendous strain on the environment and forced both people and investors to seek solutions to this budding problem.
The new innovative solution comes from the Cologne and Düsseldorf local governments. Instead of opting for boxes made of glass or porcelain or other natural products, their world-famous traditional Christmas markets should completely ban the use of plastic packaging. This is in contrast to the Düsseldorf-based initiatives that include a total ban on plastic cutlery, straws and bags.
Nevertheless, when it comes to cooking, organizers admit that using plastics is almost impossible to avoid entirely – noting that this aim remains out of reach at the moment.
Nevertheless, municipal governments in Bonn and Münster also affected other cities across North Rhine-Westphalia. In the former, they would try to use as many sustainable solutions as possible without undermining the Christmas market's hygiene by prohibiting the use of plastics entirely. Meanwhile, officials claim to have started brainstorming potential ideas to be introduced in the years to come – drawing on excellent examples of other cities in the region such as Cologne and Düsseldorf.
Specific attempts to reduce plastics use will certainly end up becoming a major contributor to Germany's fight against climate change, and such incentives should also be pursued in other cities.
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