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Spain to start charging shoppers for plastic bags
MADRID, May 18, 2018 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Copyright 2018 XINHUA NEWS AGENCY

Spanish shops will be forced by law to charge clients for plastic bags from July 1, it was confirmed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment following Friday's weekly cabinet meeting.

The measure, which was passed by Royal Decree during the meeting, applies to all plastic bags with the exception of small bags used to weigh products such as fruit, which are purchased according to weight. These smaller and lighter bags will, however, be banned from 2021.

The Decree also states that as of Jan. 1, 2020, all plastic bags should contain at least 50 percent recycled plastic and that bags made of oxo-fragmentable plastic will be prohibited due to their impact on the environment.

"This is a first step towards freeing our environment of plastic residues and towards raising the awareness of consumers to the need to reduce the use of plastic bags," explained the ministry in a press communique.

"The future roadmap for plastic in Spain will have as its objective to stop plastic being dumped in the environment, reduce the generation of plastic residues, raise the level of recycling and reuse, and promote the generation of quality recycled plastic to increase its use in all sectors of production," said the ministry.

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