Plastic Waste Bans Throughout Tuscany

Keep the beach clean and free from plastic!

The region of Tuscany anticipated the objectives of the European Directive which has, in recent days, also received the approval of the EU Council about the use of single use plastic. These objectives will become effective starting from 2021. The plastic emergency at sea is a big concern, therefore, there will be no more plates, glasses, straws or disposable cutlery.

Disposable plastic is the major pollution factor on beaches and in the sea. Pursuant to Regional Law no. 37 of 28 June 2019, the following is prohibited in the seaside resorts and on the beaches of the Tuscany Region’s maritime domain:

  • The use of disposable plastic products like tableware, containers, mixers for drinks, straws, cutlery, forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks and plates. Failure to comply with this ban shall be punished with an administrative fine determined by the Municipality.
  • Administering of foods and drinks using disposable plastic products. Failure to comply with the ban shall be punished with the administrative fine referred to in article 1164 of the Navigation Code, from 1,032 to 3,098 euro.

The use of these disposable products is exclusively allowed if made of compostable materials.


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