Single-use takeaway packaging to cost 30 cents in Portugal

Written By Lara Silva

Your next UberEats order just got more expensive, but also more sustainable. Single-use plastic packaging for takeaways will start costing 30 cents on Friday in Portugal.

This measure had been announced in January but was postponed due to Covid-19. The fee also applies to multi-material packaging with plastic.

While the plastic fee starts this Friday, July 1, it will also apply to aluminum packaging and multi-material packaging with aluminum starting January 1, 2023. 

The Portuguese measure looks to promote a reduction in single-use plastic and lead restaurants to purchase reusable packaging. 

Stay up to date
Subscribe To's Newsletter

Receive the latest news, travel information, stories, offers and more!

Invalid email address
Give it a try. You can unsubscribe at any time.

“The supply of takeaway meals is on the rise, having a direct impact on the increase of single-use packaging. This makes the introduction of measures to decrease their use and waste important”, says the organization that will be regulating the new measure.

Moreover, the new measure reminds restaurants that customers are allowed to use their own reusable recipients as an alternative to the fee.

Half of the income from the fees will go to the state and 40% will go to the Environmental Fund. 

In November, the government had already prohibited single-use products on the market, such as straws and plates, according to EU measures.

Join our FB group Portugal Travel & Living for all things Portugal and news updates

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Follow Us


Most Popular

Tax Considerations for Americans Moving to Portugal: What You Must Know

When it comes to taxes, Americans moving to Portugal find themselves navigating a unique set of rules. Unlike many countries, the United States is...

Portuguese President vetoes housing program, prolonging Golden Visa availability

The Portuguese President of the Republic vetoed the program “Mais Habitação” (More Habitation), which was created to tackle the ongoing housing crisis.According to a...

9 Mistakes Expats Make When Moving to Portugal

With a thriving international community, Portugal is considered one of the best countries to move to in Europe for expats. Navigating the transition to...

Latest Articles