The use of plastic bags will be banned

23-01-2020

The legislative amendment proposed by the Ministry of Environment will enter into force on January 1, 2022.
The RA Government adopted today the draft law on “Making Supplements to the RA Law on Trade and Services of the Republic of Armenia”, submitted by the Ministry of Environment.
Minister Erik Grigoryan submitted the relevant draft decree, particularly noting that the essential to make amendments to this law is conditioned by the legal adjustment directed to use of plastic sacks and bags with up to 50 microns in thickness (excluding sacks used for wrapping and sacks and bags made from secondary raw materials) .

The widespread use of plastic sacks and bags in trade and service sector in the republic has led to environmental problems. Plastic packages discarded in the environment stay for a long time and are not subject to biological decomposition, causing long-term pollution. The water areas of the Republic of Armenia, areas adjacent to resorts and tourist attractions are contaminated with used plastic products, including plastic packages and their residues. 

This initiative envisages to modify consumer behaviour through economic levers, which will force to use alternative (enviornmentaly-friendly and safe for human health), multiple-use sacks and bags. It is expected, that the adoption of the law will lead to the formation and restoration of a culture of multi-use sacks and bags.
It should also be added that by the RA draft law on “Making Supplements to the RA Law on Trade and Services of the Republic of Armenia”, avoiding unnecessary price increase in a large number of polymer-based products, favorable conditions will be created for decreased volumes of  plastic bags in the country, bringing about reduction of pollution and its components, improvement of ecological status of the republic.
The average usage of plastic bags with up to 50 microns in thickness is 10-15 minutes, while it takes more than 400 years to decompose in nature.
 

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