Global Laws on Bags, Straws, Foam
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Updated: 10/7/2019
Country
Plastic Bags Bans and FeesPlastic Straw BansEPS Foam Cup & Container Bans
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AfghanistanBan on plastic bagsNoNo
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AlbaniaBan on plastic bags below 30 micronsNoNo
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AlgeriaImport restrictions on plastic bagsNoNo
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American SamoaBan on plastic bagsNoNo
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AndorraBan on very lightweight bags less than 15 micron, Fee on thicker plastic bagsNoNo
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AngolaNoNoNo
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AnguillaImportation & use ban effective March 1, 2019Importation & use ban effective March 1, 2019Importation & use ban effective March 1, 2019
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Antigua & BarbudaBan on importation, distribution, sale and use of shopping plastic bagsPledge to ban straws in 2019Pledge to ban foam containers in 2019
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ArgentinaPlastic bags regulated at subnational/city levelNoNo
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ArmeniaNoNoNo
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ArubaBan on plastic bagsBan starts in 2019, complete in 2020Ban starts in 2019, complete in 2020
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AustraliaRegulated at the state levelNoNo
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AustriaBan on non-biodegradable plastic bags starts in 2020Part of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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AzerbaijanNoNoNo
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Bahamas, ThePlastic bag ban proposed for 2020Plastic straw ban proposed for 2020Foam container ban proposed for 2020
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BahrainBag Ban announcedNoNo
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BangladeshBan on plastic bag 20 microns or lessNoNo
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BarbadosBan on plastic bags begins on April 1, 2019Ban on plastic straws begins on April 1, 2019Ban on foam containers begins on April 1, 2019
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BelarusNoNoNo
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BelgiumRegional regulation on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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BelizeBan on plastic bags to begin in April 2019Ban on plastic straws to begin in April 2019Ban on foam containers to begin in April 2019
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BeninBan on distribution and use of non-biodegradable plastic bagsNoNo
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BermudaNoNoNo
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BhutanBan on use & sale of plastic bags to begin April 2019NoNo
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BoliviaExtended Producer Responsibility recognized in law including plastic bagsNoNo
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Bosnia & HerzegovinaFee on plastic bagsNoNo
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BotswanaBan on plastic bags thinner than 24 microns. Fee on thicker plastic bags.NoNo
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BrazilPlastic Bags regulated primarily at subnational /city level, Extended Producer ResponsibilityPlastic straws regulated at subnational/city levelNo
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British Virgin Is.Ban on plastic bagsBan on plastic straws plannedBan on foam containers planned
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BruneiNoNoNo
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BulgariaFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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Burkina FasoBan on distribution and use of non-biodegradable plastic bagsNoNo
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BurundiAnti-pollution tax on plastic bags.NoNo
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CambodiaBan on plastic bags except for plastic bags 0.03 mm or thickerNoNo
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CameroonBan on non- biodegradable plastic bags less than or equal to 60 micronsNoNo
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CanadaSingle use plastic ban in 2020 likely to include bagsSingle use plastic ban in 2020 likely to include strawsSingle use plastic ban in 2020 likely to include EPS Foam
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Cape VerdeBan on distribution and use of non-biodegradable plastic bagsNoNo
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Cayman IslandsNoNoNo
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Central African Rep.NoNoNo
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ChadBan on import of non-biodegradable plastic packagingNoNo
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ChileBan on plastic bags takes effect in 2019 (large retailers) & 2020 (small retailers)NoNo
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ChinaBan on plastic shopping bags less than 0.025 mm in thicknessfee on thicker bagsNoNo
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ColombiaBan on thin plastic bags, fee on thicker bagsNoNo
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ComorosNoNoNo
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Congo, Dem. Rep.Ban on plastic bagsNoNo
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Congo, Repub. of theBan on plastic bagsNoNo
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Cook IslandsNoNoNo
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Costa RicaPhase out by 2021 of non-biodegradable plastic bagsBan on plastic straws by 2021Ban on foam containers
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Cote d'IvoireBan on plastic bagsNoNo
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CroatiaFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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CubaNoNoNo
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CuracaoNoNoNo
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CyprusBan on plastic bags with thickness of less than 50 micron, fee on thicker bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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Czech RepublicFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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DenmarkFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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DjiboutiBan on non-biodegradable plastic bagsNoNo
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DominicaPlans to ban plastic bags by January 2019Ban on plastic straws effective January 2019Ban on EPS foam containers effective January 2019
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Dominican RepublicBan on plastic bags starting in 2019Ban on plastic bags straws in 2019Ban on foam containers in 2019
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East TimorNoNoNo
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EcuadorPlastic Bag Ban on Galapagos Island OnlyPlastic Straw Ban on Galapagos Island OnlyFoam Container Ban on Galapagos Island Only
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EgyptNoNoNo
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El SalvadorNoNoNo
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Equatorial GuineaNoNoNo
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EritreaBan on thin plastic bags less than 100 micronsNoNo
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EstoniaFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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EthiopiaBan on nonbiodegradable plastic bags with a wall thickness of 0.03 millimeters or lessNoNo
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Faroe IslandsNoNoNo
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FijiFee on plastic bagsNoNo
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FinlandFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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FranceBan on lightweight bags under 50 microns, except compostable bags made of bio-sourced materials.Part of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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French GuianaNoNoNo
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French PolynesiaNoNoNo
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GabonBan on non-recyclable plastic bagsNoNo
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Gambia, TheBan on import and sale of plastic bagsNoNo
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Gaza StripBan on plastic bagsNoNo
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GeorgiaBan on plastic bags except for biodegradable or compostableNoNo
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GermanyFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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GhanaNoNoNo
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GibraltarFee on plastic bagsNoNo
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GreeceFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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GreenlandNoNoNo
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GrenadaBan on import of plastic shopping bags starts on Feb 1, 2019.Ban on plastic straws starts on Feb 1, 2019.Ban on foam containers starts on April 1, 2019.
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GuadeloupeNoNoNo
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GuamBan on plastic bag to start in 2021NoNo
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GuatemalaBan on plastic bags planned for 2021 startBan on plastic straws planned for 2021 startBan on foam containers planned for 2021 start
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GuernseyFee on plastic bagsNoNo
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GuineaNoNoNo
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Guinea-BissauBan on plastic bagsNoNo
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GuyanaBan on plastic bags planned for 2021 startBan on plastic straws planned for 2021 startBan on foam containers
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HaitiBan on importing & manufacturing of black plastic polyethylene bagsNoBan on foam containers
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HondurasPlastic bag regulated at subnational /city levelNoNo
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Hong KongFee on plastic bagsNoNo
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HungaryBan on plastic bags starting in 2021Part of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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IcelandRecycling fee for plastic bags importers and manufacturerNoNo
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IndiaMinimum of 50 microns, except for bags made of compostable plastic, bang ban in 25 of 29 statesBan begins on Oct 2, 2019No
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IndonesiaIndonesia to Impose Plastic Bag TaxNoNo
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IranNoNoNo
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IraqNoNoNo
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IrelandFee on plastic bagsPart of EU Ban on Plastic Straws by 2021Part of EU Ban on Polystyrene Cups & Containers by 2021
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