Ban on single-use plastics from 2021

If you don’t want to land your business in the soup, you best stop serving food and drinks from single-use plastics containers before 3 July 2021. On that date, the EU ban on disposable plastics comes into effect. You will have to use straws, cups, cutlery, and plates that are made out of alternative materials.

Single-use plastics are used to make millions of disposable cups, plates, straws, and many more such items. Many of these products are thrown out by users and end up in nature, creating the proverbial ‘plastic soup’. In December 2018, representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU countries jointly agreed upon a directive that bans single-use plastics for which there are affordable alternatives.

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From February 1, 2021, single-use plastics are banned in Greece

According to the Environment and Energy Ministry, the public administration ban “is the first significant step toward ending the use of disposable plastics in Greece, expected to be fully implemented as of July 3, 2021.”

Greece aims to be one of the first countries in the European Union to end the use of single-use plastics.

The February 1 regulation puts an end to purchase orders by state agencies for:

plastic cutlery (forks, spoons, knives, chopsticks)

plastic plates

plastic straws

plastic drink stirrers

styrofoam food and drink containers and their lids

all materials made of non-biodegradable plastic.

The ministry clarified that the above rule does not apply to plastics of state contracts already in process, i.e. prior to February 1.

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From February 1, 2021, single-use plastics are banned in the public sector

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