Latvia: Draft law on reduction plastic bags sent to EC

30 August 2018

Latvia has sent a draft law to the European Commission concerning reducing the consumption of plastic carrier bags. The standstill period ends on 31 October 2018. As of 1 January 2019, free plastic carrier bags shall not be handed out to consumers at sales outlets.
The draft law applies restrictions not only to light plastic carrier bags, but to all types of plastic carrier bags irrespective of the thickness of the material. An exception will apply only to very light plastic carrier bags (thickness up to 15 microns) that are necessary for hygiene purposes or the primary packaging of loose food when it helps reduce food wastage. These bags will continue to be available to the consumers for free.
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