SE EPA: Charge 5 SEK minimum for single-use plastic bags

18 April 2016

In March the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency published a report on single-use plastic bag consumption in the country and how to reduce it. The report calls for introducing a minimum fee of 5 Swedish kroner (SEK) per bag. Plastic bags below 15 microns in thickness would be exempt.
The report goes a step further in encouraging fees for recyclable paper bags, although this is not a requirement of Directive (EU) 2015/720. The EPA report notes that Sweden must implement its plastic bag reduction methods by 27 November 2016, to be in compliance with the EU Directive. The report was presented to the Swedish Parliament (Recycling Laws International, 5 April 2016).
Click here for the report (636 kB, in Swedish).
With NVC MERGE (Members-only Environmental Regulations Guide) you can stay up-to-date with the environmental requirements for your packaging. MERGE is exclusively for NVC members and there are no costs involved.
Click here for more information about the NVC Inspiration meeting on the effectiveness of the Dutch policy on packaging and the environment (7 September 2016).

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