The fourth regional stakeholder meeting organised by UCB (Cluster of Environmental Technologies Bavaria) took place online on July 7, 2021. The regional steering group of PLASTECO including UCB, the city of Augsburg, the forum plastic-free Augsburg as well as the municipal waste management operator invited companies and other stakeholders to the event which was dedicated to the topic of avoiding single-use plastics in companies and institutions. Legal regulations, concrete measures in companies as well as initiatives on how unnecessary single-use plastics can be avoided were presented.
The sustainability officer of the city of Augsburg Reiner Erben welcomed the 25 participants of the online event. After his introduction, Claudia Bieloch from the Bavarian Environmental Agency presented the legal regulations in the field of single-use plastics. Afterwards, Sylvia Schaab presented the “the forum plastic-free Augsburg” and their offers to companies in the area of "Less Plastic - More Sustainability", for example in the office. Samuel Drews explained what is behind the initiative "plastic-free city” - namely a holistic concept with a certificate for companies that want to save unnecessary plastic.
One company that has already implemented many "zero waste" activities is HAWE Hydraulik. Josef Schweiger presented various measures from his company and introduced the “Zero Waste Network”, in which twelve organizations are currently exchanging information on waste reducing actions.
After the very interesting and inspiring presentations, the participants exchanged views on various aspects on how to avoid single-use plastics.
Within the framework of PLASTECO, the potential of designing an action for the action plan on the addressed topics will be further evaluated within the regional steering group.