Latvia: Big plastic beer bottles banned from 2020

From September 1, 2020 it will be prohibited to sell alcohol in large plastic bottles. The law will apply to beer, cider and alcoholic cocktails and a variety of intermediate products such as fortified wines, vermouth, liqueurs and liqueur wines.

The changes were approved in the final reading of amendments to the Spirit Drinks Act and are intended to cut down on excessive consumption of alcohol.

However, attempts to make the legislation take effect more quickly were defeated, allowing people another three years to chug down the booze after manufacturers said they needed a lengthy transition period to put their products in smaller bottles.

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