The minimum retail prices for bags with walls more than 50 micrometers thick, intended for packaging and transportation of goods and products in retail, catering, and service outlets, will be:
- 73 cents per 10 packages without handles and side folds;
- 92 cents per 10 packages without handles, but with side folds or with handles, but without side folds;
- 1,1 USD per 10 bags with handles and side folds.
"The approval of the minimum retail prices for plastic bags will stimulate citizens to use reusable ecological bags and will help protect the environment and human health from the harmful effects of microplastics," said First Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine Denys Kudin.
As a reminder, in June 2021, the law of Ukraine "On limiting the circulation of plastic bags on the territory of Ukraine" came into force. They, in particular, are prohibited from distributing free plastic bags in retail trade and public catering from December 10, 2021.
At the same time, these requirements do not apply to biodegradable and ultra-thin plastic bags intended for packaging and transportation of fresh fish, meat, bulk products, ice and are used as primary packaging until January 01, 2023.
In addition, from March 10, 2022, the distribution of ultra-thin (with walls less than 15 micrometers thick), thin (with walls 15 to 50 micrometers thick) and oxo-degradable plastic bags is prohibited from distributing in stores and catering establishments.