Tricks to ban plastic bags: Lemke warns supermarkets Free press

Plastic bags with a wall thickness of up to 49 microns have been banned since the beginning of the year. But the survey shows that some sellers are cheating. Often it’s just a matter of the micrometer.


Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke (Greens) warned supermarket operators to respect the current ban on selling plastic bags.

Markets should do their part to contain the flood of disposable plastics and swiftly remove the “scam bags” that bypass the ban from the assortment, Lemke told a German news agency.

The background is a practice in supermarkets and drugstores, which is also criticized by German Community Aid (DUH). Consequently, supermarkets and discounters would simply make disposable plastic bags a few micrometers thick in order to be able to legally offer them. This is possible because the ban from 1 January 2022 only applies to plastic bags with a wall thickness of 15 to a maximum of 49 micrometers.

Environmental aid: Some dealers are trying to get around the ban

“Confusion with applicable law by simply thickening the disposable bags is damaging the environment. I hope there will be no need for legal regulations anymore, ”said the minister, referring to the practice in supermarkets. The DUH asked the green politician to amend the law.

Under environmental aid, it is alleged that the markets have offered bags with a wall thickness of 50 to 60 micrometers in order to circumvent the legal prohibition. This is the result of a survey of 13 German food and drugstore retailers, according to a statement released on Thursday. RTL / ntv reported this earlier.

In connection with the ban on plastic bags, Lemke also referred to a limited field of activity. For example, EU law currently prohibits the ban on thick walled bags, Lemke said.

In Germany, in 2019 – before the ban entered into force – 1.49 billion lightweight plastic bags with a wall thickness of less than 50 micrometers were put into circulation. (dpa)

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