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Greece introduces ecotax to reduce use of plastic bags

Greece introduces ecotax to reduce use of plastic bags

ATHENS: Greece has introduced an ecotax of four euro cents ($0,04) for each plastic bag on Monday in order reduce the use of polybags and tackle environmental issues as the world suffers from the pollution of non- biodegradable material. Starting from January 1, 2019, the ecotax will be increased to 9 euro cents. At the same time, Athens will promote the recycling of the plastic bags and the use of reusable cloth bags and other eco-friendly alternatives. Athens aims to reduce the use of plastic bags per person by 75 percent by the end of 2020 and by 90 percent per person by 2025, according to the 2015 EU directives.