Jersey new single-use plastic and paper bags legislation is coming into effect from 21 July 2022
As we will know from Government of Jersey bulletins and communication, the Government of Jersey Assembly agreed in June 2021 to ‘ban the sale and use of single-use bags” both Plastic and Paper, the objective being to reduce waste and increase the use of ‘re-usable bags.’
This new legislation means both plastic and paper bags must be re-usable and will now carry a cost to the consumer of at least 70pence including GST. Traders will be given a 6-month grace period (by the Government of Jersey) to clear any non-compliant stock, so that write-offs are minimised during the changeover. Therefore, the full implementation of the Law will take effect from 20 January 2023. (links to the official documentation are listed further below) .
Supported by a detailed technical specification of the bags included and exempt from the ban, the new law focuses on eradicating lightweight plastic and paper carrier bags. Removing these single use items from the supply chain supports a shift towards bags that can be reused multiple times and can be recycled at the end of their useful life
There are several exemptions to this legislation, both in terms of the environments for food preparation and sale and the products themselves, due to the fact the packaging forms an integral part of the final product or is essential to protect the integrity of the product during its journey within the supply chain.
You can find key exemptions points further below and full details are available in Fox update here.
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