you come from Almería, of Extremadura and of Gran Canaria. They cost between 0.99 and 3.20 Swiss francs. And you wear all the skin with a plastic film over your greens: the Spanish cucumber salad from Migros, Coop, Aldi and Lidl.

That cucumbers get a second shell made of plastic, annoys many consumers. Is it a must? No, says Aldi Germany. The giant omitted case in the case of cucumbers for a couple of weeks on the plastic. So that 120 tons of plastic waste per year could save. The unpackaged cucumber’ll be right fresh and crisp in the stores, thanks to shorter transport routes, and because between the bearing were removed. A day accurate ordering system in the stores prevent the disposable quota increases.

Helps to waste the plastic wrap against Food?

In Switzerland, following the example of no one. Aldi Suisse, Aldi, Lidl, Coop and Migros to find the idea not even worth considering. From may to September you have the plastic problem anyway, as you then sell mostly unpacked Swiss cucumbers. And in the winter months, the plastic protecting the cucumbers from water loss during Transport, the four major distributors. If you remove the case, will the cucumber faster and faster wrinkled and land more often in the compost. Those who forgo the plastic, promoting the food waste.

The Swiss retailers do not reduce the use of plastic in the vegetable also, but in the case of the cucumbers. Migros offers more unpackaged organic Pepperoni, Coop and Aldi rely on onion networks from cellulose instead of plastic.

The policy makes it

The commitment is not entirely voluntary. The Swiss Parliament puts pressure. The councils committed to the Federal Council this spring, to take measures to reduce the use of plastic packaging “within a reasonable time limit”. “In particular, the Problem to be addressed, that plastic ends up more and more often in the compost, and via green waste on the Fields”, informed the responsible Commission.

land Annually 50 tons of plastic particles on Swiss fields, writes Konrad Schleiss in a report for the Federal office for the environment. The head of the Inspectorate of the Composting and Vergärbranche has been working for years with the Problem. And the 50 tons is a conservative estimate.

How much micro plastic finally verständlichWas micro-plastic must waste in the Recycling of fertilizer from Food and household compost, know, nobody knows. Precise methods of measurement are missing. “Maybe the products contain small plastic parts, for the laboratories, no reliable methods of measurement have found,” says Schleiss. Therefore, to test new measurement techniques.

“It is important that the Plastic fraction in Recycling manure drops”, says environmental chemist Michael Sander ETH Zurich. You do not know exactly how dangerous he is. It is clear that micro-plastic can inhibit for example the growth of earthworms. “Micro-plastic should not enter the environment. Because it is not biodegradable and therefore remain very long in the environment.”

The plastic that is found in recycled fertilizers, is a “big Problem,” confirms Petar Mandaliev from the Federal office for the environment. “Therefore, we have reduced the limit values for plastic residues in the fertilizer solid.” Mandaliev is not enough, but still. At the controls of the industry’s own Inspectorate in every five compost product fell through last year. The lab found in recycled manure up to 1,8 percent plastic. Are allowed a maximum of 0.1 percent.

you have to burn the food even soon?

“Strict limits are important. Otherwise, the plastic eventually ends up in the food,” says Werner Humbel. The Aargauer entrepreneur operates the largest biogas plant in Switzerland. In the case of him landing shriveled organic cucumber, Coop, vakuumiertes Bündnerfleisch Migros or yogurt cups from Aldi. His company, recycled energy, shredding the packaged food, fermented to Gas and sold the remains as fertilizer to farmers.

20’000 tons of expired food supply retailers each year, according to nettle Creek. “Ten percent of which are plastic,” says Humbel. He match with his self-built Separator, all plastic parts greater than 0.1 mm. “Our Fertilizer is cleaner than regulations require.”

The retailers didn’t make it, that the Waste of food will be larger, says Humbel. “The plastic problem we need to address. Otherwise the agriculture will eventually get to be a Problem.” The programs with which the wholesalers and the plastic consumption is to reduce, not be sure meant well, but sufficient. “It doesn’t matter if one out of ten cucumber is sold without a plastic cover.”

There are only two solutions: Either you remove the plastic from the Hand of all of the foods that can be composted – such as it retailers up to 15 years ago do. Or you only use biodegradable plastic removal. If nothing change, sometime at the point that it was a tax on the fermented food, because they had too many foreign substances, says Humbel. So, as is the case when sewage sludge. “But to burn food, is a mortal sin.”

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