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The government is restricting the use of plastic in cups and hard packaging

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The presence of plastic in cups and hard packaging will be drastically reduced in the coming years, but not completely banned. This was learned from a good source on Friday after the cabinet meeting.

Source: BELGA

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From 2026, the presence of plastic for take-away products or products that are consumed on site will be limited to a maximum of 10 percent. In 2028 this may only be 8 percent and in 2030 that amount may not exceed 6 and 3 percent respectively. The financial and technical feasibility of the reduction will be examined in each case in 2025, 2027 and 2029.

The dossier had been discussed for more than a year. It was Climate Minister Zakia Khattabi (Ecolo) who put forward proposals in November 2022 that wanted to progressively ban the sale of single-use plastic. That prospect worried coalition partner MR. According to Deputy Prime Minister David Clarinval, this would cause headaches for producers in terms of hygiene regulations, while the catering industry and shops should be able to offer the edibles at an affordable price.

Minister Khattabi responds with satisfaction to this “step in the right direction”. Although the complete ban will not be imposed, the Green minister is confident in the possibility of achieving zero percent. Her liberal colleague reacts more reservedly. “It is a reasonable and pragmatic compromise,” says Clarinval. He notes that the introduction of reusable packaging everywhere is technically not feasible and that there will always be an evaluation of the step-by-step implementation.

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