New Regulations Govern Plastic Bags

The most important modifications brought by Law No. 87/2018 that intends to limit and manage the use of plastic bags are presented below:

• New terms are defined:

  1. plastic carrying bags;
  2. thin plastic carrying bags;
  3. very thin plastic carrying bags;
  4. oxo-biodegradable plastic carrying bags; and
  5. plastic.

• Starting 1 June 2018, distributing thin and very thin plastic carrying bags with a handle is strictly prohibited in the national market.

• Starting 1 January 2019, marketing thin and very thin plastic carrying bags with a handle is also prohibited.

• Only carrying bags that meet the criteria that govern the essential requirements for the manufacture and composition of the packaging, the essential requirements on the reusable nature of a packaging, and the specific essential requirements defining the recoverable nature of a packaging can be placed and marketed in Romania.

• Businesses that market biodegradable and compostable plastic carrying bags must label the product correctly.

• Beginning May 27, 2018, the information and reports about the management of packaging and packaging waste sent to the European Commission by the Ministry of Environment must include data on the annual consumption of plastic carrying bags.

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Law No. 87/2018 dated April 4, 2018, (“Law No. 87/2018”) amending and completing Law No. 249/2015 about the management of packaging and packaging waste (“Law No. 249/2015”) was published in the Romanian Official Gazette no. 311 dated April 10, 2018, and effective as of April 13, 2018.

Law No. 87/2018 transposes Directive (EU) 2015/720 of the European Parliament and of the Council dated April 29, 2015, amending Directive 94/62 / EC about reducing the consumption of thin plastic carrier bags. The new standard was published in the Official Journal of the European Union no. 115/11 dated May 6, 2015.

Stratulat Albulescu - Attorneys at law