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EAEU mulling over limiting plastic bags use in stores


The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is considering limiting the use of plastic bags in stores, Olga Sazonova, the head of the waste management, biological and landscape diversity department at the Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry, said at a press conference on 21 August, BelTA has learned.

Belarus has initiated work to amend the technical regulation of the Customs Union on packaging safety. “We have initiated amendments to the regulations not only on biodegradable package but also on the use of traditional polymers. For example, there is a proposal to limit the use of PVC labels on plastic packaging. Such labels make plastic bottles unrecyclable. Another idea is to limit the use of thin plastic bags in retail outlets and of expanded polystyrene packaging for food products,” Olga Sazonova said.

The EAEU has set up a working group to look into the proposed amendments. It includes representatives of the Eurasian Economic Commission and the EAEU member states. “In addition, we are considering the idea to limit the importation of polymer waste to Belarus within the framework of the Customs Union,” Olga Sazonova added.

BelTA reported earlier that as from 1 January 2021, Belarus will introduce a ban on the use and sale of disposable plastic tableware in public catering facilities, including single-use forks, spoons, knives, stirring rods, cups, plates, straws, containers, boxes, trays, lunchboxes, jars, bottles with exception of packaging for semi-finished products and confectionery.

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