Specifically, Article 9-bis of Decree 91/2017 “Mezzogiorno”, as converted by the law of 3 August 2017, defines the new provisions on lightweight plastic bags, specifying some requirements thereof. Starting from 1 January 2018, therefore, shoppers must comply not only with the UNI EN 13432 international standard (biodegradable and compostable), transposed by national the Uni En 13432:2002 provision, but also have the following properties:
- Be made with a quantity of renewable raw material of at least 40% (which will become 50% by 2020 and 60% by 2021);
- Have suitability for food use;
- Be sold exclusively for a fee (sale price must be listed on the receipt)
Certification of the content of renewable raw material takes place is issued by accredited Bodies that detect the minimum percentage of biological-based materials in the bag, in accordance with UNI CEN/TS 16640 standard criteria.