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Disposable plastic cutlery and crockery banned in hospitality sector

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Effective date: 1 January 2024

Rules for the use of disposable cups and and containers will change.

What changes?

Do you work in the hospitality sector? You cannot offer your guests disposable plastic cups and (meal) containers to use on site in your establishment. This also applies to festivals and company restaurants.

If it is really necessary, you can choose to keep using specific disposable plastic cups and containers, on the condition that you collect 75-90% of these for high-quality recycling.

For on-site consumption reusable crockery will be the principle: the washable coffee mug in the office and washable plates and cutlery in eating establishments. Only care institutions are exempted.

For whom?

  • catering establishments
  • festivals
  • offices


It is expected this change in law will come into force on 1 January 2024.

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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