|Title||Spain introduces controls on single-use plastic bags|
|Date||2018-05-24 AM 10:21:34||Hit||27|
A new law transposing the EU’s plastic bags directive and approved last Friday by the Spanish government introduces compulsory charging for almost all single-use plastic bags from 31 July this year and bans all light-weight, non-compostable bags from 1 January 2021.
In addition, heavier-weight bags will be required to contain at least 50% recycled plastic from 1 January 2020, as a means of promoting the circular economy, while oxo-fragmentable bags will be banned by the same date.
The Spanish government simultaneously approved a regulation requiring all municipalities of more than 5,000 inhabitants to separately collect organic waste by the end of 2020.
The 2021 date for the replacement of single-use plastic bags with biodegradable alternatives fails to meet the 2018 deadline established by Spain’s 2011 waste law. Under the terms of that law, putting non-biodegradable plastic bags into circulation should already be subject to fines.
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