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Farewell plastic carrier bag!
by Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) (Government)
In 2016 the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), together with major trade companies and the NGOs Greenpeace and Global 2000, adopted a voluntary agreement on the reduction of carrier bags.

It is based on an amendment to the Packaging Directive of the EU according to which, by the year 2019, EU-Member States have to reduce the number of plastic carrier bags to 90 bags per person and year as a maximum.

The voluntary agreement of the BMLFUW goes beyond the target of the EU-Directive. In line with the political objective of Federal Minister Rupprechter the agreement provides for a more ambitious target: A maximum of 25 plastic bags per person and year and reduction also of disposable carrier bags made from other materials, such as paper.

Disposable carrier bags made from all types of materials will only be handed out against payment. Exempt from this provision are the so-called knot bags used for certain fresh produce, for example for fruit and vegetables. To achieve reduction in this area, too, they will no longer be available for free in the cash register zone.

In addition, customer information is to be improved, the use of reusable bags is to be encouraged, and environmental projects are to be promoted. A first awareness-raising campaign for customers was launched on radio, print and social media from February 2017 to April 2017.

To be able to assess the progress achieved the BMLFUW will publish an annual report based on the data from the undersigning enterprises.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
December 2025
Reduce the number of plastic bags in Austria by 50% to a maximum of 25 pieces per head per year by 2019.
Other, please specify
Public as well as private resources are committed to reaching the goal of reducing the number of plastic carrier bags used to 25 per head per year by the year 2019.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2016 January - 2025 December
Major Austrian trade and retail companies; NGOs: "Greenpeace" and "Global 2000"
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Christine Hochholdinger , MSc., christine.hochholdinger@bmlfuw.gv.at,
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