Denmark makes severe changes for plastic bags use
The Danish Parliament voted to ban free plastic bags in stores and thin plastic carrier bags, which cannot be recycled. The new regulation will come into force on 1 January 2021, according to the Danish Ministry of Environment. The amendment to the Environmental Protection Act was voted by a large majority in the Danish Parliament.
"We currently have European records in household waste, and we have to change that. I am glad that a broad majority in the Danish Parliament today has backed the ban on the free bags. The pace of the green transition is increasing, and plastic pollution is one of the big environmental culprits. We need to recycle and recycle our plastics much more than we do today. The ban on free carrier bags is good for both climate and the environment and an important step in the settlement with a use-and-throw-away culture," declared minister Lea Wermelin.
The thin plastic carrier bags, which typically cannot be used more than once or twice, are banned. At the same time, in the future, payment will be required for all other types of carrier bags, including the thicker carrier bags that you get for example in clothing stores. The Ministry of Environment has set a tax of DK4 for every bag sold in retail. The ban on delivery will apply to all types of thin plastic carrier bags with and without handles. However, the very thin plastic bags for fruit and vegetables, for example, will still be legal for reasons such as food waste control and food hygiene.
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