EUROPE AND SPAIN DEFEND BY LAW BAGS THAT DO NOT HARM THE ENVIRONMENT

Europe normalizes the use of bags that are given to consumers in shops. Therefore, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have enacted Directive (EU) 2015/720 of 29 April 2015, which amends Directive 94/62/EC as regards the reduction of the consumption of light plastic bags.

In order to promote a sustained reduction in the average consumption level of lightweight plastic bags, Member States may take measures such as pricing, the use of taxes and fees or restrictions on placing in the market.

COMPULSORILY THEY WILL INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

A) The adoption of measures to ensure that the level of annual consumption does not exceed 90 light plastic bags per person no later than 31 December 2019, and 40 light plastic bags per person by 31 December 2025, or an equivalent objective expressed by weight. Very light plastic bags can be excluded from national consumption targets.

B) The adoption of instruments to ensure that, no later than 31 December 2018, no light plastic bags are given for free at sales points for goods or products, unless equally effective instruments are applied. Very light plastic bags may be excluded from such measures.

Spain, ahead of the amendment of the Directive and following the path of other neighbouring European countries had already released in July 2011 a timetable for eliminating single use nonbiodegradable plastic bags with the approval of the Law on Waste and Contaminated Land.