Conditions in 2024 for plastic-containing cups and food packaging

In response to our previous blog post where we discussed that the rules regarding single-use plastic remain unchanged and are currently not being enforced, we are now sharing more details about the guidelines for paper cardboard drinking cups and food packaging with plastic.

Starting from January 1, 2024, it is not allowed for entrepreneurs to offer disposable cups and containers with plastic for on-site consumption, such as the familiar coffee cup in the office or at the sports canteen. Only paper and cardboard drinking cups and food packaging with a maximum of 5% plastic can still be used. It is crucial that these containers are collected for recycling to comply with the guidelines.

Conditions for a maximum of 5% plastic in packaging

If businesses want to qualify for the exception to use paper or cardboard drinking cups and disposable food packaging with a maximum of 5% plastic, the Inspection for the Living Environment and Transport (ILT) will not enforce it, according to the ministry. However, there are a few rules to follow:

  • Register with the ILT using a simple registration form.
  • Demonstrate that 75% of your offered drinking cups or meal packaging in 2024 will be collected for recycling.
  • Prove that your drinking cups or food packaging are fully recyclable.
  • Maintain a clear administration of recycling collection in 2024 and keep it for at least 3 years after this calendar year.

It is not allowed to offer paper or cardboard drinking cups and food packaging with more than 5% plastic for on-site consumption. The ILT will conduct inspections and take enforcement action if necessary.

No enforcement on additional costs for on-the-go consumption

This year, the ILT will not enforce the mandatory surcharge for disposable cups and containers with plastic for on-the-go consumption, such as an additional charge for a coffee to go. This policy is a result of the ministry's instructions to the ILT not to enforce this.

Transitioning to reusable or plastic-free alternatives

Many entrepreneurs and organizations have already fully prepared for the upcoming changes in 2024, where offering plastic-free cups and food packaging becomes the norm. This includes alternatives such as reusable cups or food packaging made from plant-based materials. This approach aligns seamlessly with the overarching goal of the regulations: reducing plastic usage and contributing to a circular economy.

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