In Brief: Should certain manufacturers help shoulder the costs of ridding city streets of waste?

Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry wants the manufacturers of products like fast food packaging, cigarettes, and disposable cups to contribute to the costs of cleaning city streets. In other news, the food delivery service Deliveroo is withdrawing from Germany.

Photo by 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash

German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has proposed a plan that would make manufacturers take more financial responsibility for the waste their products create.

Schulze said those who make fast food packaging, disposable cups, and cigarette filters should pay for the disposal of those products afterwards.

“These manufacturers should contribute to the costs of city cleaning and the cleaning of parks and squares,” she said.

Schulze said this would not be voluntary, it would be a legal requirement.


The food delivery service Deliveroo is withdrawing from Germany. In an email to customers, the company said the service would be available until this Friday, August 16.

Deliveroo said the decision was not an easy one to make. The company said it will now be focusing on growing operations “in other markets around the world.”


The Social Democrats want more to be done against right-wing extremists in Germany. In a seven-point paper published on their website, the SPD proposes various actions and strategies.

The party said about 500 known right-wing extremists are still at large and not enough arrest warrants are being carried out.

The party said the neo-Nazi group “Combat 18” should be surveilled and shut down. The Süddeutsche Zeitung reports it’s one of the groups being looked at in connection to Stephan E., the suspect in the murder case of CDU politician Walter Lübcke.
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