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UBA sets up platform for single-use funds

To implement the law, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) is setting up a digital platform called Divid.

 

In the future, manufacturers will have to pay into the Single-Use Plastic Fund, which is based at UBA, for single-use plastic products carelessly disposed of in public spaces. The Single-Use Plastics Fund Act serves to implement the EU Single-Use Plastics Directive, which provides for a special levy depending on product type and mass for beverage cups, plastic bags, food packaging, and also tobacco filters or balloons as part of extended producer responsibility. The levy is to be administered via a digital platform, in which distributors such as eligible cities or municipalities will have to register from January 1, 2024. From 2025, the UBA is said to then determine the amount of the levy and the level of payments to municipalities. Entitled parties will receive the money from the fund for cleaning public areas such as streets and parks. UBA President Dirk Messner said: "I am sure that the single-use plastic fund will make an important contribution to keeping public spaces clean. Waste gets a price - this sets important incentives to do without single-use plastic products and against the careless discarding of cigarette butts, plastic cups or plastic bags." The UBA is to be supported by a commission that has yet to be set up and which, according to the law, will be made up of representatives from industry, those entitled to claim, and waste disposal, environmental and consumer associations. The agency is also reportedly responsible for classifying single-use plastic products, determining the type of product and whether someone is a manufacturer under the Single-Use Plastic Fund Act.
 

Sources:

  • UBA (May 19, 2023)
  • Kunststoff Information (May 31, 2023)
  • Photo: unsplash.com (agenlaku, idonesia)

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