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In Germany, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety headed by Svenja Schulze is preparing a bill to ban disposable plastic bags, biodegradable included. Sturdy reusable and thin detachable bags for vegetable and fruit will be the only exclusion. Each offender will be liable to a fine of €100,000. However, there will be a transitory period that will enable retailers to draw down plastic bag stocks before the ban comes into force.
The law will be another step Germany will take to fight against plastic bags. As a result of the initiative approved in 2016, many stores and supermarkets began charging their customers for them. Statistical data demonstrates that consumption of plastic bags has dropped by 64% since 2015. Therefore, according to Schulze, the bill reflects sentiments of most Germans.
Germany is not the only nation undertaking such initiatives. The European Parliament passed the directive mostly aimed at limiting the use of disposable plastic items in April. The EU member countries are committed to taking the measures it calls for during the next two years.
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