Ban on sale of single-use plastics

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Effective date: 3 July 2021

What changes?

Do you sell single-use plastic items? The sale of such items for which a non-plastic alternative may be used, will be prohibited. You are allowed to sell existing stock if you own a store, wholesaler or a catering facility. The following products will be banned:

  • single-use plastic cutlery (forks, knives, spoons and chopsticks)
  • single-use plastic plates
  • plastic straws
  • cotton bud sticks made of plastic
  • plastic stirrers
  • plastic balloon sticks
  • plastic food and drink containers made from EPS (expanded polystyrene)
  • oxo-degradable plastics, food storage trays and expanded polystyrene cups

For whom?

  • manufacturers and distributors of single-use plastic items
  • retailers of single-use plastic items
  • catering businesses (take-away and delivery)
  • manufacturers of fishing gear
  • manufacturers and distributors of oxo-degradable plastics
  • wholesalers in plastics


It is expected this measure will come into force on 3 July 2021

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 the Staatscourant (in Dutch).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO