Antigua and Barbuda Plastic Laws

The External Trade (Shopping Plastic Bags Prohibition) Order, 2017, No. 83 of Antigua and Barbuda

The Order bans the import, distribution, sale and use of polyethylene or petroleum-based shopping bags (“sometimes called single-use bags for carrying items from a store to a home”). Arts. 2 and 3.

The Order includes a list of exempted bags and gives the Minister authority to exempt any other bags. The list of exemptions includes bread wrapping; plastic to contain or wrap fish or meat; bags used to package fruits or nuts, confectionary products, dairy products, liquid and frozen products, medicine, small hardware items; dry cleaning bags; and bags used to manage waste including bin liners; etc. Art. 4 and Schedule.


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