The Austrian government does not want to ban bags from 2020, all plastic, all of which are fully degradable. Several media reported in Austria. The prohibition aims to avoid around 7,000 tons of waste which are generated annually by the throwing away of plastic bags. Alone, 40 tons of plastic waste entered each year in the Danube, reported the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
according to The Reports, many grocery chains offer in Austria Alternatives to the disposable plastic bag. Still, however, too many plastic bags would come into circulation. “The ban is here to put a clear line”, said Elisabeth Köstinger (ÖVP), the Minister for sustainability, and tourism. The Austrian Ministry for the environment announced that a ban on the planned addition of micro-plastics in cosmetics and detergents. Köstinger said it was a “great day in the environmental policy”.
against plastic packaging, in order to proceed, the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). “We want to counteract the Trend of the throwaway society,” he said. The aim of the government was to reduce the amount of plastic packaging by 2025 in comparison to the year 2016 by 20 to 25 percent. In absolute Numbers, around 60,000 tonnes of plastic waste could be avoided.
Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ), praised the project: “With this sense of pollution-free we can make it a day for now.” Also in other countries – such as France, Italy, Bangladesh, or Morocco – are not bags, compostable plastic now banned.