Germany to force plastic makers to help pay for cleanups

Nov 2, 2022, 6:39 AM | Updated: 3:38 pm
FILE - Volunteers separate different brands and types of plastic bottles collected in the annual "B...

FILE - Volunteers separate different brands and types of plastic bottles collected in the annual "Big Bottle Count" on the bank of the River Thames in London, Sept. 19, 2018. The German government said Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 that it plans to make plastic manufacturers contribute to the cost of cleaning up litter in streets and parks. The Cabinet agreed on a bill that makers of products containing single-use plastic will need to pay into a central fund managed by the government, starting in 2025. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday that it plans to make plastic manufacturers contribute to the cost of cleaning up litter in streets and parks.

The Cabinet agreed on a bill that makers of products containing single-use plastic will need to pay into a central fund managed by the government, starting in 2025.

The fund is estimated to collect about 450 million euros ($446 million) in the first year, based on the companies’ past production of single-use plastic.

Affected items include cigarette filters, drink containers and packaging for takeout food.

Environment Minister Steffi Lemke said the cost of cleanups in Europe’s biggest economy is currently borne by all.

“That should change,” she said. “Whoever depends on putting single-use plastic onto the market for their business should contribute to the collection and cleanup costs.”

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Germany to force plastic makers to help pay for cleanups