With these initiatives, METRO supports the political efforts against increasing amounts of plastic waste. The EU Commission’s Plastics Strategy, for example, is focusing on banning disposable items such as plastic straws and demands that all plastic packaging on the EU market must be recyclable by 2030.
Since 1 January 2019, a new Packaging Act has been in force in Germany with the aim of avoiding packaging waste and strengthening recycling. In November 2018, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze also presented a Five-Point Plan to combat superfluous plastic waste and increase recycling. The aim is to avoid unnecessary plastic, make packaging more environmentally friendly, strengthen recycling, promote the organic bin and intensify the fight against marine waste. The German Federal Parliament has made a total of 50 million euros available for this purpose in the 2019 budget.