Grunen chairman habeck calls for plastic tax on disposable products

Grunen chairman habeck calls for plastic tax on disposable products

Grunen chairman robert habeck wants to make disposable plastic products more expensive via a new tax.

"We need an EU-wide plastic tax on throwaway products," he said, he told the "welt (monday). "This is how a steering effect can be achieved." The environment minister from keel also wants to turn the tax screw in another area in order to "get out of the throw-away plastic society to come.

It can not be "that petroleum, which is used, for example, for the production of plastics, is given preferential tax treatment, unlike oil for fuel". The state pays for the flood of plastic with at least 780 million euros annually, said habeck, referring to a study by the forum okologisch-soziale marktwirtschaft (fos) (forum for ecological and social market economy). "This plastic subsidy should be abolished."

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