There will be a ban on plastic bags, cutlery and trays for bread, fruit and vegetables from 2020 across the country.
Portugal’s parliament has voted unanimously to approve legislation to end the use of plastic bags and trays for bread, fruit and vegetables and the sale of disposable plastic crockery.
In the last plenary session of the current parliament, all parties voted in favour of a bill tabled by the Greens that applies to “all commercial establishments that sell bread, vegetables and fruits”.
Under the legislation, from next year it will be forbidden to make available the transparent plastic bags currently common in fruit and vegetable sections, as well as the disposable trays, “usually wrapped in plastic or expanded polystyrene”, for those products.
Deputies also unanimously adopted a bill that combines initiatives by the Greens, Left Bloc, People-Animals-Nature and Communist Party, all of which are intended to prohibit the sale or use of disposable plastic crockery and cutlery in the restaurant trade, shops and at public events.