On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, the Council of Ministers sent to the Spanish Parliament the Bill on Waste and Contaminated Soils. The proposed legislation aims to establish measures to protect the environment and human health, reduce the overall impact of resource use and promote a low-carbon economy in Spain.


Single-use plastic products subject to reduction include beverage cups, including their lids and caps, and food containers intended for immediate consumption. From January 1, 2023, their free distribution will be prohibited, and a price must be charged for each plastic product delivered to the consumer, differentiated on the sales receipt.

On the other hand, with the entry into force of the regulation, the introduction on the market of other plastic products such as straws, swabs, cutlery, plates, cups, all oxo-degradable plastic products and plastic microspheres of less than 5 mm will be prohibited.

The draft also includes design requirements and marking obligations for a number of products, as well as awareness-raising measures to inform consumers.


The standard gives a leading role to waste prevention, with a reduction in the weight of waste produced of 13% in 2025 and 15% in 2025 compared to that generated in 2010, in addition to the current target of 10% reduction from 2020.

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