In an article published on November 26, 2018, news provider Deutsche Welle (DW) reported that the German Environment Ministry has proposed five steps to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the country and globally. The five-point plan includes 1) eliminating unnecessary products and packaging, 2) designing packaging and products so as to be more environmentally friendly, 3) increasing collection and recycling, 4) preventing plastics from entering organic waste streams, and 5) investing in cleaning up river and ocean plastics.

The Ministry suggested concrete measures such as avoiding plastic packaging for fresh produce or replacing it with sticker labels, increasing the availability of drinking water stations, removing microplastics from cosmetics, and banning certain single-use items such cutlery and straws.

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DW (November 25, 2018). “Germany unveils 5-point plan to reduce plastic waste.

Shahrzad Pourriahi (November 28, 2018). “German government sets out plan to reduce plastic waste.Plastics News Europe