07 July 2022
Islanders are being reminded that Jersey’s new Single Use Plastics Law comes into effect two weeks from today, on Thursday 21 July 2022, banning the importation and supply of most single use bags (paper and plastic). Under the law, shops, restaurants, events and all traders will also need to charge at least 70p for any reusable paper and plastic bags that they issue.
The Government of Jersey has published a series of factsheets for traders which can be downloaded from www.gov.je/singleuseplastics. Founder of Waving Back, Emma Richardson-Calladine, who has provided support with the development and implementation of the law, said: “The aim is to encourage a ‘bring your own bag’ culture in Jersey and to support the global push to reduce carbon emissions, which are associated with the production and transport of single use bags. The law means traders will no longer be able to supply most of the lightweight, flimsy carrier bags. To help encourage behaviour change, reusable bags made from paper and plastic will cost customers a minimum of 70p.”
Robert Timoney, Regulation Standards Manager, added: “Traders already supplying reusable bags are asked to make sure they meet the specifications of the law. Reusable bags must meet a certain thickness and must be made from paper or plastic that can be recycled. We’ve been speaking to local retailers and restaurants over many months to ensure they are ready and well-prepared for the changes, and that they are aware of the exemptions to the law, which cover items such as uncooked fish and prescription medicines, for example.”
Traders failing to comply with the new law may be fined up to £1,000. You can find out more information about bag specifications and exemptions on www.gov.je/singleuseplastics