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Regulierung: Lösungen am falschen Ende

Regulierung: Lösungen am falschen Ende

Plastics Atlas 2019: Facts and figures about a world full of plastics
Most of the regulations dealing with plastics aim at waste disposal and unilaterally hold consumers responsible.

There are numerous regulatory approaches at international, regional and national level regarding the handling of plastic products and plastic waste. What they all have in common is their limited effectiveness. In their contribution, Linda Mederake, Stephan Gürtler and Doris Knoblauch (all Ecologic Institute) argue that this is partly due to the fact that at the international level a large number of binding agreements and voluntary initiatives have developed independently of one another and are therefore not coordinated in terms of content. On the other hand, the existing agreements often reduce the plastic problem to waste disposal. As a result, they are unable to grasp the full consequences of plastics consumption. The Plastics Atlas 2019 is available online.

At the national level, regulatory approaches have been limited primarily to the collection and recycling of plastics in the past. This includes extended producer responsibility, which was introduced in Germany in 1991 with the dual systems. For a number of years now, more and more countries have been directly addressing the prevention of plastics, for example in the case of plastic bags, by imposing requirements or bans. However, as a rule these are very narrowly defined. At the same time, however, there are also pioneering countries such as Costa Rica and India that are striving for a general ban on disposable plastics.

In their contribution, Linda Mederake, Stephan Gürtler and Doris Knoblauch emphasise that the various existing regulatory approaches do not change anything about a fundamental problem: There are hardly any binding regulations that oblige manufacturers to curb production or develop products that are easy to recycle. In addition, the existing regulations do not cover a large proportion of plastic or microplastic inputs into the environment, such as tyre wear.

In 19 chapters, the Plastics Atlas deals with very different aspects of plastics, illustrated with infographics. The Plastics Atlas looks among other things at the increasing global production of plastics and explains the life cycle of plastics from extraction, processing and use to disposal and it addresses the associated problems.


Citation

Mederake, Linda; Gürtler, Stephan; Knoblauch, Doris (2019): Regulierung: Lösungen am falschen Ende. In: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung und BUND – Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (Eds.): Plastikatlas 2019. Daten und Fakten über eine Welt voller Kunststoff. Berlin.

Language
German
Publisher
Year
2019
Published In
Plastikatlas 2019
ISBN
978-3-86928-200-8
Dimension
2 p.
Project ID
2295
Table of Contents

Impressum

Vorwort
Zwölf kurze Lektionen über Plastik und die Welt
Geschichte: Durchbruch mit drei Buchstaben
Wegwerfmentalität: Müll für die Welt
Nutzung: Fluch und Segen
Gesundheit: Chemie im Körper
Gender: Ungleich verteilte Risiken
Ernährung: Ein unappetitlicher Kreislauf
Kleidung: Mehr Verantwortung tragen
Tourismus: Gibt es noch Hoffnung für das Urlaubsparadies?
Klimawandel: Plastik heizt das Klima an
Plastik im Wasser: Kunststoff kennt keine Grenzen
Konzerne: Die Aktivitäten der Plastik-Lobby
Wohlstand: Das Produkt des Welthandels
"Bio"-Plastik: Mais statt Öl ist keine Lösung
Abfallentsorgung: Hinter den Kulissen der ungelösten Plastikkrise
Müllexporte: Die Müllhalte hat geschlossen
Sammel und Verkaufen: Ein Leben von und mit Müll
Regulierung: Lösungen am falschen Ende
Zivilgesellschaft: Wie die Anti-Plastik-Bewegung gegen die Industrie vorgeht
Zero-Waste: Es geht auch ohne!

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Keywords
regulation, governance, plastics, marine litter, marine pollution, G7, G20, EU, plastics, packaging, single-use plastics, producer responsibility, plastic bags, microplastics, tyre wear, plastic pollution, global