London, United Kingdom, October 6, 2023.
Germany takes action: The bold move to Tax Single Use Plastics
Single-Use Plastics are the Silent Saboteurs of Global Sustainability. Germany takes the bold action by implementing a Single-Use Plastics levy (EWKFondG) for single-use plastics released on the market from 2024, with first payments expected to be due in 2025 (based on the European Union (EU) Single-Use Plastics Directive regulations).
Germany has long been a pioneer in waste management and recycling systems. The country has introduced various mechanisms, such as the “Grüner Punkt” (Green Dot) system, which was one of the first extended producer responsibility systems. Manufacturers and retailers were required to pay for the collection and recycling of their packaging material. This initiative played a significant role in increasing the collection and recycling of packaging waste in Germany. Now moves one step forward with EWKFondG.