Croatia bans the sale of single-use plastic products under the Waste Management Act
In a significant step towards promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly development, Croatia recently adopted the Waste Management Act in accordance with Article 89 of its Constitution. With this law, the Croatian government reaffirms its commitment to the responsible management of waste and lays the foundations for efficient and environmentally sound waste management in the country.
List of products with marketing restrictions
Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks)
Sticks for attaching to and carrying balloons
Expanded polystyrene food containers, i.e. containers such as boxes with or without lids, used to contain foodstuffs
Expanded polystyrene beverage containers, including their closures and lids
Beverage cups made of expanded polystyrene, including their lids.
Accordingly, it is prohibited to place on the market in the Republic of Croatia products made of single-use plastic listed below, as well as products made of oxo-degradable plastic. The placing on the market of lightweight plastic carrier bags, with the exception of very lightweight plastic carrier bags, is also prohibited.
The Waste Management Act thus includes various provisions and measures to improve waste management in Croatia. The most important features include: Waste prevention and separation, Circular economy, Responsibility of actors (producers of products, traders, waste management companies and public authorities) and Compliance with waste regulations Sanctions for violations.
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