Ukraine Bans Plastic Bags for Retail and Food Services

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( | Press Release | 2021-07-15 12:37:19 )
On June 9, 2021, Ukraine announced a change in the law to prohibit the distribution of some types of plastic bag for retail and catering use.

Law No. 1489-IX of June 1, 2021, bans the use of three types of plastic bag:

• ‘Lightweight plastic bags’ – wall thickness of 15 to 50 micrometers (microns)
• ‘Very lightweight plastic bags’ – wall thickness of less than 15 micrometers (microns)
• ‘Oxo-degradable plastic bags’ – consists of polyethylene and oxo-degradable additives

Exemptions to the rule include:

• Biodegradable plastic bags – must meet harmonized European standards and be individually marked
• ‘Very lightweight plastic bags’ – up to 225 mm wide (without side folds), up to 345 mm deep (with side folds), up to 450 mm long (with handles) for packing and/or transportation of fresh fish, meat and related products, bulk products and ice as primary packaging (valid until January 1, 2023)

Stakeholders should be aware of the following dates:
• June 10, 2021 – entry into force
• March 10, 2022 – prohibition on the three types of plastic bag comes into effect with penalties for violating the law

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