Romanian Government Proposing Plastic Bag Biomaterial Labeling Law


In Romania, legislators from the various political parties are using as a basis a European Union Directive from 2015 to reduce the use of thin plastic bags by pushing through a biomaterial content law for plastic bag producers. The law as drafted currently requires plastic bag producers to mark biomaterial content on their plastic bags. Not only that, but the proposed law would require that plastic bags have a minimum of 30% biomaterial in them starting next year, a minimum of 50% in 2020 and a minimum of 60% biomaterial in 2025. The proposed law lists fines ranging from RON 15,000 (about $3,500) to RON 25,000 (about $5,900) for any plastic bag producer not meeting the biomaterial minimum content or not labeling biomaterial content on their plastic bags.