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Croatia taking plastic bags 15-50 microns thick out of circulation from 1 Jan

Plastic bags 15-50 microns thick going out of use

ZAGREB, 29 Dec (Hina) – Plastic carrier bags that are between 15 and 50 microns thick will no longer be in use in Croatia as of 1 January 2022, and other types of plastic bags will be phased out in the coming period, Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić said in Rijeka on Tuesday.

Responding to questions from the press, Ćorić said that the application of the section of the Waste Management Act concerning the use of plastic bags had been delayed to give producers and distributors time to adjust.

“Bags that are between 15 and 50 microns thick are going out of circulation in compliance with a 2015 directive which aimed to reduce the use of plastic bags,” Ćorić said.

He stressed that the focus was on promoting multi-use linen and paper bags. “Other types of plastic bags will also be slowly phased out in the time ahead. This is the first step.”

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