As of 1 March, plastic produces bags will be definitively banned “even if they are bio-sourced and can be composted at home,” according to Brussels Environment.
“The ban applies to all shops in Brussels. It is also valid for market traders and other street vendors,” explained the authority. It is understood that Brussels Environment inspectors will be able to carry out checks to see if the rules are being followed.
According to the release, customers have been invited to now use their own containers such as cloth bags, cardboard boxes, plastic, stainless steel, glass, etc. For those who did not come prepared, retailers will be expected to be able to provide completely reusable or environmentally friendly packaging.
It is unclear at this time if there will be a cost for such a service.
Brussels Environment has created a web page to answer the many questions citizens have about the use of plastic bags.