A majority of the community of 20 minutes would prohibit popping fireworks. A glance at Germany gives an idea of ​​how much the amount of waste could be reduced as a result. There, the usual mountain of waste has shrunk massively due to the ban.

The readership has nothing against professional fireworks. (Symbolic picture)

 This is how much the mountain of garbage sinks when fireworks are forbidden on New Year's Eve

But fireworks that only pop loudly get on readers' nerves.

 This is how much the mountain of garbage sinks when fireworks are banned on New Year's Eve

Around 65 percent of over 20,000 people want to ban this.

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  • On New Year's Eve and on the national holiday there is a lot of Güsel due to fireworks.

  • Some of the rubbish is left in squares, meadows and streets.

  • In Germany, the sale of New Year's Eve fireworks has been banned.

  • This also massively reduced the amount of waste.

The colors shine brightly in the night sky, each accompanied by a bang. In many places, rockets, firecrackers and sugar canes are part of New Year's Eve celebrations. Fireworks are also popular on the national holiday. After the fun, however, rubbish is often left behind. Quite a lot of trash. Ultimately, farmers, residents or the waste disposal services have to collect the Güsel. A family of farmers in Kriens collected a total of 325 liters of rubbish on January 1st.

It is logical that fireworks generate waste. How much it is is difficult to estimate. In Germany there are figures on this because of the ban on fireworks that was enacted before New Year's Eve and also at the end of 2020. In the city of Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, for example, which has around 60,000 inhabitants, the amount of waste was reduced enormously on New Year's Eve: from around 4.07 tons in 2019, the amount fell to just 650 kilograms in 2020 , as reported by «Katapult MV».

Before the corona pandemic, “on New Year's Day alone, municipal waste disposal companies in the five major cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt am Main removed a total of between 134 and 183 tons of New Year's waste”, writes the Association of Municipal Enterprises eV (VKU), which over 1500 municipal utilities. On New Year's Eve there was “significantly less”, namely between 51.5 and 53 tons of Güsel. The information is only part of the New Year's Eve. «Most of it will be removed in the course of the regular street cleaning over the next few days.»

3500 tons of plastic saved

Researchers at Pforzheim University in the state of Baden-Württemberg calculated last year how much plastic could be saved through the ban. Before the corona pandemic, Germans bought around 40,000 tons of fireworks a year. “Even if you may regret this year's waiver for cultural reasons, it is certainly very beneficial for the environment: Without New Year's Eve fireworks, the environment in Germany is spared the release of around 3500 tons of plastic – in addition to avoiding noise, air pollution and injuries”, says Jörg Woidasky, professor for sustainable product development at Pforzheim University.

To this end, the researchers carried out material analyzes on fireworks. These were supplemented by customer surveys, among other things. The result: only a small part of the fireworks consists of the fireworks themselves. «The propellant and effect sets of the pyrotechnic articles only make up about a third of this, the rest is solid waste made of cardboard, paper, wood, clay and plastic. They are used for sleeves, caps and packaging. »

In a survey in the community of 20 Minuten recently, 65 percent of readers spoke out in favor of a ban on fireworks in Switzerland.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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