Objective: zero single-use plastics

The Principality has adopted a regulatory strategy aimed at phasing out single-use plastics gradually in preparation for a complete ban on their use by 2030.

Three tips for a “plastic-free” stay in Monaco

Commerce Engagé® and Restaurant Engagé® are official labels awarded by the Monaco Department of the Environment and the association Ecoscience Provence, designed to help local stakeholders and consumers adopt more sustainable practices. Shops and restaurants with Commerce Engagé® and Restaurant Engagé® certification make efforts every day to reduce and sort waste, combat food waste, reduce their energy and water use, and promote awareness of sustainability issues with their customers.

Today, visitors to the Principality can minimise their environmental footprint and help to make the Principality a “zero single-use plastics” destination by doing three very simple things. These actions are shown on a poster produced by the Tourist and Convention Authority and displayed in certified shops and restaurants.
They are fully in line with regulations applied in the Principality:

=> Eco-friendly action 1: carry shopping in a reusable bag or backpack

Since 1 June 2016, single-use plastic shopping bags (<50 µm thick, <25l capacity) have been banned (including bags made from recycled, bio-sourced, biodegradable, compostable, or oxo-degradable plastic).

=> Eco-friendly action No. 2: take your own reusable cutlery and straws

Since 1 January 2019, both single-use and reusable plastic straws have been banned (including straws made from recycled, bio-sourced, biodegradable, compostable, or oxo-degradable plastic).
Finally, since 1 January 2022, shops and restaurants are no longer allowed systematically to provide single-use cutlery free of charge - whatever material they are made from (including bio-sourced and compostable plastics). Customers are now required to pay for disposable cutlery, in particular when purchasing take-out food.
The shop or restaurant must provide customers - on request only - with non-plastic utensils, for a “meaningful” charge (which the retailer is free to set, provided it is not below the cost price).

=> Eco-friendly action 3: instead of buying disposable plastic bottles, carry your own reusable bottle and refill it from a water fountain

… and even though the use of disposable plastic bottles has not yet been limited or banned by law, this last eco-friendly action is every bit as vital for reducing plastic waste!

For a list of shops and restaurants with the Commerces Engagés and Restaurants Engagés labels and details of where to find public water fountains, visit YourMonaco.