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Consumption of plastic carrier bags drops among Lithuanian population

2016-10-06

According to retailers, the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags which people buy in shops at points of sale or get them free of charge was lower last year, compared to the year before. While in 2014 the consumption of lightweight (15-50 microns thick) and very lightweight (up to 15 microns thick) plastic carrier bags had amounted to about 40 and 260 per capita on average, in 2015 the figures were 37 and 239 respectively. Although the drop in the figures per capita seems to be small, the result is quite significant countrywide – last year the consumption of such bags was by several ten millions lower than in 2014. Thus these several ten millions did not end up in landfills or pollute the environment.

If people use multi-use bags, they will greatly contribute to environmental sustainability.

The EU member states are obligated to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags by a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council. To implement the preventive measures provided for in the directive, the Ministry of Environment has funded the production of promotional video and audio clips intended for this purpose. The clips were shown on the displays of the country’s big shopping centres. The reduction of the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags and the effects of their improper management on the environment has been the subject of numerous television and radio shows.

Communication Division
06/10/2016


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas