𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐥𝐚𝐰 𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝟎𝟏.𝟎𝟏.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 𝐈𝐓’𝐬 𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑 𝐖𝐈𝐓𝐇 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐏𝐋𝐀𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐂 𝐁𝐀𝐆𝐒!!! 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐌𝐔𝐒𝐓 𝐏𝐀𝐘 𝐀𝐓 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝟒 𝐊𝐑𝐎𝐍𝐄𝐑 𝐅𝐎𝐑 𝐀𝐍 𝐎𝐑𝐃𝐈𝐍𝐀𝐑𝐘 𝐂𝐀𝐑𝐑𝐈𝐄𝐑 𝐁𝐀𝐆
From 1 January 2021, you must pay at least four kroner for an ordinary carrier bag. Stores will no longer be allowed to hand out free carrier bags to customers. Many shops are at the forefront.
A new law enters into force, which requires the business community to charge at least four kroner for a carrier bag. At the same time, the thinner so-called ‘crackle bags’ of plastic are banned, which we can typically only use once.
The idea is that we should reduce the consumption of plastic and get used to using the bags several times, says Jakob Lamm Zeuthen, head of environmental policy at the Danish Chamber of Commerce.
Now it’s an even better idea to reuse your carrier bag. From the turn of the year, it will cost at least four kroner if you want to buy an ordinary carrier bag for your purchases.
An amendment to the Environmental Protection Act means that, for example, supermarkets, clothing stores and DIY stores are not allowed to hand out free plastic carrier bags to customers. The purpose is to promote the recycling of carrier bags. We are already used to the fact that it costs money to get a bag for the goods when we shop in the supermarket.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘢𝘨𝘴, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘺𝘱𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘢𝘨𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘴, 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘢𝘨𝘴.
In addition to the minimum price for ordinary carrier bags, from 2021 it will be completely forbidden to hand out the thin plastic carrier bags that are typically used for takeaway. Thin plastic carrier bags must therefore not be handed out free of charge or for a fee.
The very thin plastic bags without handles, which are used for food, among other things, for reasons of hygiene and prevention of food waste, are exempt from the ban.
𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒃𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚:
From 1 January 2021, the following carrier bags may not be handed out free of charge at points of sale for goods or products:
– Plastic carrier bags with a handle that is thicker than 30 micrometers (eg ordinary carrier bags in supermarkets)
– Plastic carrier bags without a handle that are thicker than 30 micrometers
– Carrying bags with handles of materials other than plastic
𝑪𝒂𝒓𝒓𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒃𝒂𝒈𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝒂 𝒕𝒐𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝒃𝒂𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏:
From 1 January 2021, the following thin plastic carrier bags may not be handed out either free of charge or for a fee at points of sale for goods or products:
– Plastic carrier bags with handles that are thinner than 30 micrometers (eg knit bags)
– Plastic carrier bags without a handle that are thinner than 30 micrometers (eg tear-off bags)
Excluded from the total ban, however, are plastic carrier bags without a handle that are thinner than 15 micrometers. These bags are exempt, as the bags are necessary for food for reasons of hygiene and prevention of food waste (typically for fruits and vegetables in supermarkets).
You can read more about the new rules in the Environmental Protection Act and the Packaging Order via the following links (Links are in Danish):
Section 51 a of the Environmental Protection Act: https://www.retsinformation.dk/eli/lta/2020/61
Section 12 of the Executive Order on Packaging: https://www.retsinformation.dk/eli/lta/2020/766
Source: avisen.dk, bt.dk, plastikviden.dk and mst.dk
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