TIRANA, July 2
Officially, July marks the end of single-use plastic bags era in Albania. The ban on single-use plastic bags that entered into force on July 1st foresees fines and penalties for that continue to produce and use single-use plastic bags. The decision, that was adopted in April includes fines that vary between Lek 10 and 15 million for those that break the law.
The decision defines that only recyclable bags that meet specific criteria can be used as alternatives single-use plastic bags. The new product will be supervised by official authorities. The alternative product must include tracking elements and the initials of the manufacturer, the symbol of the biodegradable additive, and other safety elements. Moreover, every product that has direct contact with edible goods must have the right label that confirms its purpose.
Manufacturers, transporters, and traders must ensure that this information is available in their product for at least 36 months, in order to be able to be identified, otherwise, they will be penalized. The National Environmental Agency and the National Environmental Inspectorate will be responsible for regular inspections.
News Source: Scan TV