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Consumption of plastic carrier bags keeps dropping among Lithuanian population

2017-05-17

According to the statistics of retail companies, last year the consumption of lightweight carrier plastic bags which people buy in shops at points of sale or get free of charge was lower, compared to the previous year.

While in 2015 the consumption of lightweight (15-50 microns thick) and very light (up to 15 microns think) plastic carrier bags had amounted to 37 and 239 bags per capita, in 2016 the figures were 36 and 224 respectively. Although it would seem that the drop in the consumption of plastic bags per capita is insignificant, the figures countrywide are quire sizeable as those several million bags did not end up in landfills or pollute the environment.

The member states are obligated to reduce the consumption of lightweight carrier plastic bags by a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council. Plastic is a long-lived material that survives even after the end of the product life cycle leading to the increasing build-up of plastic waste in the world. Moreover, plastic is one of the biggest environmental problems today as after entering water bodies it has a negative impact on the aquatic environment and biodiversity.

The Ministry of Environment is urging residents to be aware of the problem, reduce the consumption of plastic carrier bags and use reusable shopping bags.

Communication Division
17/05/2017

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