In Brief: Officials in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg want to make the district zero-waste

What would a zero waste district in Berlin look like? A new strategy outlined by District Councillor Clara Herrmann details measures to cut plastic waste and promote sustainable practices.

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Officials in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg are working towards making the district zero-waste.

District Councillor Clara Herrmann presented a comprehensive strategy on Thursday. It promotes sustainable practices and targets the elimination of plastic waste and reduction of litter.

Measures include banning disposable grills and constructing fixed barbecue stations in parks as well as installing more bins across the city for cigarette butts and spots to dispose bottles that come with a Pfand, or deposit.

The strategy also includes expanding the “Library of Things,” where people can borrow items like tools, kitchen appliances, and sports equipment instead of buying new.

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The Senate Department for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection says air quality in Berlin improved last year.

According to recent figures, there was a decrease in nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter in 2019, especially on main roads such as Leipziger Strasse and Silbersteinstraße.

Berlin Senator Regine Günther said the reduced level of pollution shows measures like Tempo 30 zones and upgrading BVG diesel buses, are working.

The administration said nevertheless there’s still more work to do, including reducing the impact of wood-burning stoves.

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