This will be the law that prohibits single-use plastics in Colombia: how it changes and when it comes into force

This will be the law that prohibits single-use plastics in Colombia: how it changes and when it comes into force
This will be the law that prohibits single-use plastics in Colombia: how it changes and when it comes into force

Law 2232 of 2022 aims to gradually reduce the production and consumption of certain single-use plastic products. And the Colombians will face this change starting Sunday, July 7, the date on which the law will come into force. Those commercial establishments that do not comply with the rule must face several sanctions.

“The introduction into the market, marketing and distribution in the national territory is prohibited., of the products listed in article 5, within the deadlines of article 6, that are manufactured, in whole or in part, with single-use plastics, including those produced with oxodegradable plastic,” reported law 2232 of 2022.

Additionally, the document includes the fourteen types of single-use plastics that should be prohibited in stores in the national territory. Just as it should be taken into account that packaging that corresponds to hazardous waste, wood, textile fibers, drugs or expired medications, are exempt from the regulations.

What are the single-use plastic products that will be prohibited in Colombia?

Law 2232 of 2022 will come into force as of July 7, 2024, but fourteen plastic products, only eight will be prohibited from being placed on the marketmarketing and distribution in Colombia.

  1. Payment point bags used to pack, load or transport packages and merchandise, except those reusable or for industrial use.
  2. Bags used to pack newspapers, magazines, advertising and invoices
  3. Bags that are used in laundries to pack washed clothes.
  4. Rolls of empty bags on commercial surfaces to pack, load or transport packages and merchandise or carry food in bulk, this is the case for products of raw animal origin.
  5. Plastic mixers.
  6. Straws for drinks.
  7. Plastic supports for inflating pumps.
  8. Plastic holders of cotton swabs or flexible swabs with cotton tips.

While the The remaining products will be completely banned in 2030, that is, eight years from the date of entry into force of the law. These are products such as: Containers or packaging, containers and bags to contain non-prepackaged liquids, for immediate consumption, to take away or for home deliveries; eating plates, trays, knives, forks, spoons, glasses and gloves; confetti, tablecloths and streamers; containers or packaging and containers to contain or carry meals or non-prepackaged foods in accordance with current regulations, for immediate consumption, used for take-out or home deliveries.

In addition to sheets for serving, packaging, wrapping or separating foods for immediate consumption, used for take-out or home delivery; single-use floss handles or floss holders; stickers, labels or anything else that vegetables have; packaging, containers or any container used for the marketing to the final consumer of fresh fruits, vegetables and tubers that in their natural state have peels.

What are the sanctions for those who do not comply with the law on the plastic ban?

For those Colombians who do not comply with law 2232 of 2022, which will come into force as of next Sunday, July 7, They must pay fines of 100 to 50,000 current legal monthly minimum wages, as well as the confiscation of the plastic elements mentioned in the law.. Added to this is the temporary closure of the establishment, which may not exceed one month or could be the definitive closure of the commercial place.

It should be noted that these sanctions apply to natural and legal persons, and will be imposed by the environmental authorities, who are in charge of developing the guidelines to choose the punishment due to the magnitude of the non-compliance.

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