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Ban on plastic cups and containers for takeaway

This information is provided by:Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONetherlands Enterprise Agency, RVONederlandse versieEffective date: 1 July 2023

What has changed?

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 is 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 also costs money in supermarkets. For instance, a prepacked sandwich or salad.

For whom?

  • catering and hospitality establishments
  • supermarkets


This change in law took effect on 1 July 2023.

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