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2020.01.28 15:30

Supermarkets in Lithuania to face fines for free plastic bags

BNS 2020.01.28 15:30

Retailers giving out free plastic bags will face fines of up to 5,000 euros, after the Lithuanian parliament voted to tighten the environmental protection law.

The amendment was passed unanimously on Tuesday.

According to the Office of the Seimas, retailers are not allowed to out free lightweight bags (between 15 and 50 microns in thickness) as of January 1, 2019, but there was no sanction for violating the ban until now.

Under the new rule, retailers will face fines of 1,000 to 3,000 euros for providing free plastic bags and up to 5,000 euros for repeated violations.

This will not apply to ultra-lightweight plastic bags (thinner than 15 microns) used for loose bulk items.

Figures from the Lithuanian Retailers Association show a decline in the use of ultra-lightweight plastic bags and lightweight plastic bags in the country in recent years.

Lithuanians used 226 ultra-lightweight plastic bags and 34 lightweight plastic bags per capita in 2017, down from 260 and 39, respectively, in 2014.

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