In Moldova, will be introduced fines for the use and sale of disposable bags and plastic utensils.
This is envisaged by the relevant amendments to Article 273 of the Code of Offenses (violation of trade rules), the adoption of which was approved by the Parliamentary Legal Commission on Rights, Appointments and Immunity, proposing to consider this bill at a plenary session of Parliament. Sanctions for the mentioned violations can amount to up to 4.5 thousand lei for individuals and up to 12 thousand lei for legal entities. In particular, a fine is envisaged for the use / sale of plastic bags with / without handles with a thickness of 50 microns or more, delivered to consumers at retail outlets; bags of thin plastic, up to 50 microns thick, with the exception of those used as packaging; and bags of very thin plastic, with a thickness of less than 15 microns, with the exception of those used as packaging, as well as the use / sale of plates, glasses and other utensils, as well as disposable chopsticks made of plastic, with the exception of biodegradable ones. For individuals, the fine will be from 60 to 90 cu (from 3 thousand to 4.5 thousand lei), for legal entities - from 120 to 240 cu (from 6 thousand to 12 thousand lei) or in the amount of the cost of the corresponding product, but not less than 240 cu (12 thousand lei). Recall, according to the amendments to the Law on Internal Trade adopted at the end of last year, from January 1, 2019, a phased restriction on the use and sale of plastic bags was introduced in Moldova in order to completely ban them from 2021. At the same time, it was planned to amend the Code of Offenses in order to establish a fine for those who do not comply with the rules for using plastic bags. However, during the second reading of the bill, the proposed fines were excluded from the original bill. The new bill proposes to return the original initiative, since the absence of fines leads to non-compliance with the requirements of the law regarding the use of plastic. It should be noted that from January 1, 2021, the use / sale of plates, glasses and other utensils, as well as disposable chopsticks made of plastic, with the exception of biodegradable materials, will also be prohibited in Moldova. // 18.09.2019 — InfoMarket.