The procurement of single-use plastics will end in the public sector as of February 1, 2021, Natural Environment and Waters Secretary General Constantine Aravossis said on Wednesday, in a memo to all state agencies.
The regulation voted by Parliament in October calls for an end to the procurement of 10 specific types of single-use plastics, in line with EU directives.
Greece has announced a campaign against plastic pollution and promised to end the use of single-use plastics by June 2020, AFP reported.
"39 tonnes of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a lot of it turns into fish food," Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said at a press conference.
"The fight against plastic pollution is a government priority."
A collaboration between the Municipality of Serifos and the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation aims to make the island's Vagia beach the first smoke-free one in the country.
The project envisages the creation of a designated area for smokers, with ashtrays bearing environmental messages aimed at sensitizing visitors to the polluting impact of cigarette stubs.