Jersey bans the supply and distribution of single-use plastic and paper bags


Jersey politicians voted unanimously to ban the supply and distribution of specific types of single-use plastic and paper bags.

Under the new law, traders will be legally required to charge at least 70 pence for a lifetime bag.

The refillable bags fall into two categories:

  • A plastic bag for life, which is a transport bag with or without a handle in recyclable materialplastic with a wall thickness of 50 microns or more.

  • A paper bag for life, that is to say a transport bag with or without handle in recyclable paper weighing 170 g / m² or more.

The decision to include paper bags in legislation was taken to encourage islanders to bring their own bags when shopping and to change behavior away from a throwaway culture. However, certain bags will be exempt, such as garbage bags, dog poop bags and diaper bags.

Member states also supported an amendment to allow more time than expected to prepare for the ban – from six to 12 months.


Ethel J. Montes

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