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Plastic grocery bags on the way out

A new waste reduction initiative to decrease the use of plastic bags will be put into place from January; it sees a three cent fee imposed on all plastic bags, which will rise to seven cents in 2019.

This is limited to plastic bags thicker than 15 micrometers (μm), and excludes bags used for light sanitary products or bulk food produce.

According to the new policy, all revenue from the fee will be used by the Greek Recycling Organization, in cooperation with municipalities, to provide alternative types of reusable or biodegradable plastic bags to consumers.