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Ban on free coffee cups for takeaway

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 1 July 2023

Do you sell food and drinks for consumption on the go or for take-out? You must charge your customers a fee for disposable plastic cups and containers.

What changes?

Do you sell food and drinks for consumption on the go or for takeout? For on-the-go consumption and takeaway, you must charge your customers a fee for disposable plastic cups and containers. This fee is in addition to the price of the coffee or meal.

For takeaway or on the go

There will be a ban on providing free single-use cups and containers. Entrepreneurs can decide themselves how much they charge for each disposable cup or container. Disposable cups and containers made of 100% paper or other plastic-free alternative remain allowed.

Reuse is stimulated

Entrepreneurs should offer reusable alternatives for meals and drinks prepared on the premises.

Takeout packaging in supermarkets

Some plastic packaging that is comparable with take out packaging will also cost money in supermarkets. For instance, a prepacked sandwich or salad.

For whom?

  • catering and hospitality establishments
  • supermarkets

When?

It is expected this change in law will enter into effect on 1 July 2023

Please note: The effective date of this measure is not yet final. Entry into force is subject to its passing through the upper and lower houses of parliament or proclamation of the Order in Council (Algemene Maatregel van Bestuur, AMvB) or ministerial decree and publication in the Staatsblad or Staatscourant (Government Gazette, in Dutch).

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