Ukraine Bans Plastic Bags for Retail and Food Services

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.

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
  • ‘Oxo-degradable
    plastic bags’ – consists of polyethylene and oxo-degradable additives

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to the rule include:

  • Biodegradable
    plastic bags – must meet harmonized European standards and be individually
  • ‘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)

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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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