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Plastic bags legislative package will be tabled at plenary level
CNA - Cyprus/NICOSIA 26/10/2017 17:27

Discussion at parliamentary committee level on a legislative package for plastic carrier bags has been completed and the bill and regulations will be included in the next plenary agenda of the House of Representatives, Environment Committee President Adamos Adamou has said.

In statements after a a meeting of the Committee yesterday, Adamou said that all political parties have said they will state their position on the package during the debate at plenary level.
Already, he noted, quite a few supermarkets have implemented the measure while "if the legislation is adopted as it has been drafted so far, plastic bags will bear a charge of 6 cents, from July 1st 2018 onward." As he explained the actual charge will be for 5 cent per bag with an additional cent charged for VAT purposes. 
If the text is approved as is, it contains a provision on the basis of which supermarkets will not benefit from the profits, Adamou added.
Instead, 50% of income will be used for supermarkets to provide other multiple use bags, which are environmentally friendly whilst the other 50% should be used for the purpose of raising awareness for environmental issues, he pointed out.

On his part Greens - Citizens Cooperation Movement MP Charalampos Theopemptou said in his statements that the discussion on plastic bags has been completed. 

"There is a concern whether the measures provided for in the bill will truly result in a reduction of plastic bags," he said, adding that "I am worried about the fact that maybe other ways will be discovered to bypass the legislation."

According to Theopemptou the most correct step would be to amend the legislation "in order for carrier bags to be completely banned."
It is a matter which "we should see been implemented close to the summer of 2019," he noted, adding that "this would be the most appropriate time to have a total ban on thin carrier bags."


** The news item is in the context of the project Rethink: Reduce- Reuse – Recycle which is funded by the EU programme LIFE+ (project code: LIFE13 INF/CY/000910) of the EU. Coordinating Beneficiary: CyBC. Partners: Green Dot Cyprus, Department of Environment, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute, CNA, Fost Plus Belgium **

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