ArmInfo. The use of plastic bags will be banned in Armenia. The legislative amendment proposed by the RA Ministry of the Environment will enter into force on January 1, 2022.
At the meeting of the Government of Armenia on January 23, the draft Law "On Making Addenda to the RA Law "On Trade and Services"" was adopted by the Ministry of Environment. Introducing the document, Minister Erik Grigoryan noted in particular that this step is due to the need for legal regulation aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags and bags up to 50 microns thick (with the exception of packaging bags for weighing, as well as bags from recycled materials).
It is noted that plastic bags pollute the water resources of Armenia, as well as the territories adjacent to resorts and tourist attractions. In this regard, it is planned to take measures that will encourage consumers to use alternative (that is, safe from the point of view of protecting the environment and human health) bags and reusable bags.
The draft Law "On Amendments to the RA Law "On Trade and Services "" will create favorable conditions for reducing the amount of plastic waste in the country, while avoiding raising prices for a wide range of polymer-based products. As a result, a decrease in the use of plastic bags is expected, which will lead to a reduction in environmental pollution and improved environmental performance. This is especially important given that decomposition of cellophane packets under natural conditions requires more than 400 years.