The government has decided that from 2019 vendors will no longer be allowed to give customers plastic bags for free.
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Environment Minister Kęstutis Trečiokas said that the move will be part of the implementation of European Union Directive requirements to reduce waste and pollution.

“The larger bags, which we buy at the checkout, will be charged. Traders so far made their own decision whether to charge for those bags or distribute them for free – in Lithuania, unlike in most European countries, there has never been a tradition to distribute them for free,” Trečiokas said.

The lightest bags which are used as primary packaging for bulk foods are necessary for hygiene and will not attract a charged.

In Lithuania polythene bags are commonly offered for free in clothing, footwear, household goods stores, but in grocery stores they usually cost extra.

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