• Directive 94/62/EC

    Directive on packaging

    The annex II of the directive 94/62/EC contains the “essential requirements on the composition and the reusable and recoverable nature of packaging”. With the Environment Ministry Decree of 2nd May 2006, the reference numbers of the national technical standards transposing the harmonised European standards on the essential requirements described in the annex II of the directive 94/62/EC were published. UNI EN 13427:2005, UNI EN 13428:2005, UNI EN 13429:2005, UNI EN 13430:2005, UNI EN 13431:2005, UNI EN 13432:2002.

  • Law no. 28 of 24th March 2012

    About extraordinary and urgent measures on environmental matters

    Art. 2 refers to the regulations in the field of marketing of carrier bags with full respect for the environment. The marketing of disposable carrier bags for plastic goods is forbidden, except for those realized with polymers, which conform to the relevant harmonised standard UNI EN 13432:2002 according to certifications released by accredited bodies. Moreover, specific restrictions in terms of dimension and destination are established. Bags realized with polymers that do not conform to the relevant harmonised standard UNI EN 13432:2002 must contain 10% of recycled plastic (30% for those intended for food use). The marketing of bags that do not conform to what is described in this article will be punished with an administrative sanction from 2,500 to 25,000 euros, the amount of which may be up to four times if the breach of the prohibition concerns huge quantities of carrier bags or a value of goods higher than 20% of the offender’s turnover.

  • Law no. 116 of 11th August 2014

    On urgent measures for the agricultural sector, the environmental protection and the energy efficiency (…) With the publication of Law no. 116, sanctions of Law no. 28 enter into force.

  • (EU) Directive 2015/720

    Shopper directive amending packaging directive

    It amends certain points of the packaging directive (94/62/EC) in order to support the reduction in the use of light (under 30 micron) and ultra-light (under 15 micron) plastic bags. Among the options, it includes biodegradable and compostable plastic bags.

  • Enabling law no. 170 of 12th August 2016

    Art. 4 of the above-mentioned law authorizes the government to transpose the Shopper directive 2015/720.

  • Decree no. 2016-379 of 30th March 2016

    Regarding the conditions for the implementation of the limitation of disposable plastic bags. The legal text also contains, among others, a chapter dedicated to the strategies to control consumption of disposable plastic bags.


  • UNI 11415:2011

    Carrier bags with handles made of flexible, thermoplastic, biodegradable and compostable film for the transport of retail goods – Types, requirements and test methods.

  • UNI 11451:2012

    Biodegradable and compostable bags for the separate collection of the organic waste contained in the solid urban waste. Types, requirements and test methods.

  • UNI 8055:2011

    Polyethylene carrier bags with handles for the transport of retail goods – Types, requirements and test methods.

  • UNI EN 13427:2005

    Requirements for the use of European standards in the field of packaging and packaging waste.

  • UNI EN 13428:2005

    Requirements specific to manufacturing and composition – Prevention by source reduction

  • UNI EN 13429:2005


  • UNI EN 13430:2005

    Requirements for packaging recoverable by material recycling

  • UNI EN 13431:2005

    Requirements for packaging recoverable in the form of energy recovery, including specification of minimum inferior calorific value

  • UNI EN 13432:2002

    Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation – Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging