Georgia will ban use, import and production of plastic bags
22 September, 2018
Georgia will ban use, import and production of plastic bags
The Georgian government has decided to tighten rules regulating use of plastic bags in Georgia. Within the framework of the Green Economics and Environmental Protection Policy the Georgian government has approved new regulations which will take effect from the 1st of October. According to the new regulations, the government intends that there be a gradual reduction in the use of plastic bags.

This information was announced on the 12th of September, but now it gets clear what kind of new rules
are to be implemented.

Production of bags thicker than 15 microns will be banned in the beginning, but from the 1st of April production, as well as import and distribution of the plastic bags, will be banned throughout the country.

Subsidiary of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia will monitor the production of the plastic bags until the 1st of April. Ministry of Finance of Georgia will monitor the import of the plastic bags and local governments will monitor their distribution.
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Plastic bags are widely used in Georgia. Photo courtesy: euronews.com

The amount of fines is already defined. If the rules of regulation is violated, fine equates to GEL 500. If the accident repeats, they will be fined with GEL 1000 and the product will be confiscated as well.

The talks about regulating use of the plastic bags in Georgia started in 2017, but the final decision was delayed several times.

According to the data of 2014, the Georgian citizen uses 525 plastic bags on average per year, while the Irish uses 14 bags on average. The Danish and Finnish use only 4 bags on average per year.

First photo courtesy: thenewdaily.com.au

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