The government of North Macedonia and the state institutions, as of Jan. 1, 2020, will no longer procure plastic products and single-use packaging, Minister of Environment Naser Nuredini announced on Dec. 18.
In his words, that means the ministries and other institutions in future will replace public procurements in plastic bottles with glass ones, whereas plastic cups, straws and other single-use plastic goods will no longer be procured, and sugar, for example, will be procured in bulk.
Nuredini also announced that in about a year nylon shopping bags will be eliminated, while biodegradable bags will be charged MKD10 (around RSD20).
That, according to Macedonian media reports, is envisaged by a draft law on managing packaging and waste, according to which the provision would come into force as of Jan. 1, 2021.
The environmental minister expects that awareness will be raised among citizens of bringing textile shopping bags with them, which will gradually reduce and eventually eliminate the use of plastic bags. Nuredini said that all companies had accepted the initiative and voiced the hope that the citizens will accept it, too, and thereby contribute to environmental protection.