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Macau's plastic ban has officially struck / Import of non-degradable disposable plastic straws and stirring rods will be banned from next year

Author: Site Editor     Publish Time: 2021-12-14      Origin: Site

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The Macau Special Administrative Region Government will orderly promote plastic restriction measures to protect the quality of the environment in Macao. From January 1, 2022, the import and transfer of non-degradable disposable plastic catering straws and beverage stirring rods are prohibited.

The Macau Special Administrative Region Law "Restriction on the Supply of Plastic Bags" came into effect in 2019, stipulating that except for a few specific commodities and shopping places, all retail activities shall not provide plastic bags for free, and offenders shall be fined 1,000 patacas for each plastic bag. After comprehensively analyzing the actual situation in Macao and referring to the experience of other regions, following the implementation of the control measures for disposable styrofoam tableware, the Macau Special Administrative Region Government has adopted the Law No. 7/2003 "Foreign Trade Law" as amended by Law No. 3/2016. Article 5 (1) (5) stipulates that the Chief Executive’s directive No. 122/2021 prohibits the import and transshipment of non-degradable disposable plastic catering straws and beverage stirring rods. The relevant Chief Executive’s directive will be in January 2022. Effective from the 1st.

Source: Macao Environmental Protection Agency

As the Macau SAR government implements the plastic restriction order, general retail businesses such as supermarkets and convenience stores, catering businesses, and service businesses will also be regulated. In other words, regardless of the size of the merchant, hawkers, stalls, small and medium-sized enterprises, large chain stores, what kind of business methods they adopt, offline physical stores, online shopping, and what kind of goods they sell, such as food, clothing, medicine, daily necessities, etc., all belong to Regulated objects.

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