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New legislation for single-use plastic

Geplaatst op 28-8-2023 door

Below you will find the most recent information published by the government, where you can use a guideline tool to determine the applicable measures.

We advise you to read this carefully.

Additionally, we are pleased to provide you with options regarding packaging and suggest the most suitable solutions for you. Plastic-free packaging made from bamboo, wood, paper, cardboard, pulp, and sugarcane are not covered by this legislation.

Starting from July 1st, you'll pay extra for disposable cups and containers with plastic

From July 1st, when you order takeout or delivery of food or drinks, you will be charged extra for disposable cups and containers that are (partially) made of plastic. Businesses are no longer allowed to provide these for free. Starting from July 1st, they are also obligated to offer a reusable option. This can be done in two ways: businesses can fill the cup or container you bring yourself, or they can provide a cup or container that you can return. From disposable to reusable. This is not only better for the environment but also for your wallet, starting from July 1st.
In the Netherlands alone, we discard 19 million plastic cups and food containers every day that are used only once. Unnecessary waste that often ends up on the streets and in bushes. To reduce the waste pile and combat litter, the government is implementing measures to make reuse the norm.

What does this mean for you?

To encourage the use of reusable cups and containers, new rules will apply:

  • Starting from July 1st, you will pay extra for disposable cups and containers with plastic when you order takeout or delivery of food or drinks. This applies, for instance, when you get a coffee at the train station, grab some fries at the snack bar, buy a pre-packaged salad at the supermarket, or get a sandwich in plastic at the gas station.
  • The costs for disposable cups and containers with plastic will be listed separately on the receipt. This way, you can see how much extra you're paying.
  • Businesses are required, starting from July 1st, to offer a reusable option. There are two ways to do this:
  • Either businesses provide reusable cups and containers that require a deposit and can be returned.
  • Or businesses fill the cup or container that you brought with you.
  • The business can choose which approach to offer. They can also opt to provide both options.
  • Starting from January 1st, 2024, reusable tableware will be the standard for on-site consumption. This includes washable mugs at the office and reusable or high-quality recyclable cups and containers at festivals and events.

Reuse for a Cleaner World

These new measures are based on the European Single Use Plastics (SUP) directive, aiming to reduce the impact of single-use plastic on the environment and promote more plastic reuse and recycling.

What rules apply to me?

Publicatiedatum: 06-06-2023 

Starting from July 1st, 2023, and January 1st, 2024, new rules will be in place for disposable cups and containers containing plastic. This guideline will help you determine which rules apply to your situation and what options are available to comply. More information about the regulations can be found at

Three Steps to Advice for Your Situation:

The guideline consists of three brief steps. 
Step 1, we'll determine if you currently use products covered by the regulations. 
Step 2, we'll identify the context in which you conduct your activities, as the regulations differentiate between on-site consumption and takeout/delivery.

Step 3, we'll explore the ways in which you can comply with the regulations, tailored to your location and users.

At the end of the guideline, you'll receive advice specific to your situation. This will outline the options available for complying with the regulations. The advice can be downloaded as a PDF or received via email.

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