(AL) Albania bans lightweight plastic bags

Yoan Stanev | Emerging Europe | 31/07/2018

Albania has taken measures to reduce plastic waste and pollution by introducing a ban on the import, manufacture, use and sale of lightweight plastic bags.

The country’s Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Ornela Çuçi stated that lightweight plastic bags are not recyclable. “They must have a minimum thickness of 35 microns in order to be reusable and have a recycling value,” she said. The decision is aimed at encouraging the production of multi-purpose biodegradable bags that can break down in 36 months. Manufacturers and importers that fail to comply with the ban in Albania will be fined 100,000-150,000 Albanian leks (700-1186 euros).