Tuesday :: Jan 8, 2008

If they can do it, why can't we?

by Turkana

From Reuters:

China launched a surprise crackdown on plastic bags on Tuesday, banning production of ultra-thin bags and forbidding its supermarkets and shops from handing out free carriers from June 1.

As the Guardian explains:

As many as 3bn plastic bags are used in China each day, putting intolerable pressure on the country's valuable resources and helping to ruin the environment, the (state) council said.

And back to Reuters:

In addition the manufacture, sale and use of bags under 0.025 mm thick is banned from the same date, with fines and confiscation of goods and profits for firms that flout the rules.

The cabinet also said finance authorities should consider adjusting taxes to discourage the production and sale of plastic bags and encourage the recycling industry.

Rubbish collectors were urged to separate plastic for reprocessing and cut the amount burnt or buried.

And the Guardian:

The ban on bags brings China in line with a growing international trend to cut plastic bag use. From Ireland to Uganda and South Africa, governments have experimented with heavy taxes, outright bans or eliminating the thinnest bags.

In some countries where the central government has not acted communities ranging from San Francisco to a small British town have taken unilateral action to outlaw the bags.

China, Ireland, Uganda, and South Africa. Will we ever catch up with the rest of the world?

(h/t melvin)

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