Plastic Bags Banned in Brussels

01.09.2017

On September 1 in the Brussels region of Belgium a ban on the use of plastic bags began to operate. Actually, before December 1, violations of this law will not be punished. Previously, similar restrictions were introduced by the authorities of another country region - Wallonia.

Plastic Bags Banned in Brussels

The reason for the ban is harm to the environment. As you know, packages are decomposed for hundreds of years, fall into water and destroy marine life. Nevertheless, not all countries are ready to completely abandon such packaging. In this regard, Europe is leading in France, where disposable packages in stores have already sunk into the past. But all records are beating by Kenya. Recently, the authorities imposed an unprecedentedly severe punishment for the use of plastic bags: a fine of up to 32,000 euros or up to 4 years in prison. How the law will be applied in practice and whether it applies to tourists is unclear. However, the Minister of the Environment specified that "ordinary people" will not suffer: it is only about manufacturers and suppliers of packages.