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Minister of the environment : tobacco industry should pay for the removal of cigarette waste

the Federal environment Minister, Svenja Schulze (SPD) wants to involve the tobacco industry in the future, the costs for cleaning due to discarded cigarettes. "Who is disposable making articles, such as cigarettes, will in the future need to take more responsibility for the waste take on," said Schulze, the Newspapers of the Funke media group. The cigarette industry could be involved, for example, of the costs for cleaning beaches or Parks. For that you would use in the EU.

The European Parliament had initially demanded a share of the costs of the tobacco industry as an aggravating measure for the planned single-use plastic-policy. On the Directive of the EU Commission, the European Parliament and of the Council of Ministers will discuss on Tuesday. Schulze expressed the hope that "this year, a Europe-wide ban on unnecessary disposable plastic products". Europe was not demanded, alone. Instead, you should grab "worldwide to more drastic means than in the past," the Minister said.

Green-group Chairman Anton Hofreiter accused Schulze, however, on the subject of plastic a "double game": "While environment Minister Schulze in Berlin, the plastic promises to be a turning trend, diluted in Brussels, the necessary laws," said Hofreiter the spark of Newspapers.

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It is in urgent need of a clear prevention target for single-use plastic and binding measures to take to manufacturers. The Federal government should let "the cheap words they received," said Hofreiter. (AFP, epd)

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