Inventory of plastic ban policies in various countries

  • 2022-08-11
More and more consumers are aware of the potential hazards of plastics, and consumers have put forward higher requirements for the social responsibility of brand owners. The transformation of consumers is stronger than the promotion of the government.
Plastic Ban Alternatives
The European Union issued a plastic restriction directive in 2015. The goal is to consume no more than 90 plastic bags per person in EU countries by the end of 2019, and by 2025, this number will be reduced to 40. After the directive was issued, all member states embarked on the "road to limit plastics". In 2018, the European Parliament passed another decree on the control of plastic waste. According to the decree, from 2021, the EU will completely ban member states from using 10 single-use plastic products such as drinking straws, cutlery and cotton swabs, which will be replaced by paper, straw or reusable hard plastic. Plastic bottles will be collected individually according to existing recycling models; by 2025, member states are required to have a 90% recycling rate for single-use plastic bottles. At the same time, the bill also requires manufacturers to take more responsibility for the condition of their plastic products and packaging.

From January 1, 2020, France has banned the sale of some single-use plastic products, including plastic products such as disposable cotton swabs, disposable cups and plates, and the use of plastic bottled pure water in school canteens. The manager of the "French Zero Waste" organization said that the French authorities will gradually strengthen the "plastic ban" in the next few years, and plan to ban the sale of drinking water in plastic cups, plastic drinking straws and stirring rods, and styrofoam lunch boxes in 2021. Plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables will also be banned; in 2022, restaurants, including fast-food chains, will be banned from providing single-use cutlery to dine-in customers. The ultimate goal is to reduce the use of single-use plastics to zero by 2040.


As early as 2016, the German government reached an agreement with relevant companies to tax single-use plastic bags. That is, the store no longer provides plastic bags for free, and customers need to pay a certain fee to use plastic bags. Since the implementation of the policy, the per capita consumption of plastic bags in Germany has dropped from 68 in 2015 to 24 in 2018, and the national consumption of plastic bags has dropped by 64%. In September 2019, the German government stated that it plans to increase "plastic restrictions" and is preparing to pass legislation to prohibit the sale of lightweight portable plastic bags at supermarket checkout counters. Denmark was the first to impose a tax on plastic bags. In 1993, Denmark began to levy taxes on plastic bag manufacturers, while also allowing retailers to charge for plastic bags, which directly led to a 60% drop in the use of plastic bags in Denmark at that time. France, Ireland, Bulgaria, Belgium and other countries have adopted this method. In Germany, Portugal, Hungary, the Netherlands and other countries, retailers are charging customers for plastic bags. In Italy, the government announced in 2011 that all plastic bags, except biodegradable or decomposable ones, are banned.

South Korea

As early as October 2010, South Korea began to implement the "recycling metered and charged garbage bag sales" system, which stipulates that supermarkets are not allowed to provide disposable plastic bags for free. Five large supermarket chains in South Korea have signed relevant agreements with the South Korean Ministry of Environment to actively promote the replacement of single-use plastic bags with environmentally friendly containers. Since August 2018, the Korean Ministry of Environment has banned the use of disposable plastic cups in coffee shops. In 2019, the scope of restrictions has been extended to supermarkets and bakeries. In South Korea, 2,000 large supermarkets and 11,000 supermarkets with an area of more than 165 square meters have completely banned disposable plastic cups. For plastic bags, violating merchants will be fined up to 3 million won (1 million won is about 6,000 yuan). At the end of 2019, Thailand promulgated the "Plastic Restriction Order", which stipulates that from January 1, 2020, department stores, supermarkets and convenience stores of 75 brands will no longer provide customers with single-use plastic bags, and strive to achieve nationwide implementation in 2021. Plastic ban.

On August 14, 2019, Pakistan's "plastic ban" came into effect, which will ban the use of single-use plastic bags in the capital Islamabad and surrounding areas. Violators will be fined $70. In June 2019, Japan's Environment Minister announced that a new decree would be formulated to prohibit businesses from providing free plastic bags to customers. The decree will be implemented in the next two years, and matters such as the price of plastic bags will be determined by businesses themselves.


As of June 2019, 34 of the 55 African countries have issued relevant decrees prohibiting the use of or taxing single-use plastic bags. As early as 2008, Rwanda began to completely ban the use of plastic bags, and encouraged recycling through tax cuts. It has accumulated more than ten years of plastic ban experience, not only in Africa, but also in the world. The highest "model" country. Kenya officially implemented the "world's strictest" ban in August 2017, banning the use, manufacture and import of all commercial and household plastic bags. Violators face one to four years in prison and a fine of up to 4 million Kenyan shillings (about 270,000 yuan). In early June 2018, following a comprehensive ban on plastic bags, the Kenyan government further announced that it will implement a ban on all single-use plastics in designated "protected areas" by June 5, 2020.

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