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At ConservingNow.com we like to provide you with up to date information on plastic bags. Most of the time we gather links and information so you can explore the issue on your own time or in your own neighborhood. Every so often a story comes by that we feel is important to share the entire story with you.
Today's article from CNN is one of those stories.
Larry's Environmental Issues Blog
By Larry West,
About.com Guide to Environmental Issues since 2005
China Plastic Bag Ban Shows Strong Results After First Year
Monday June 1, 2009
Washington D.C. Approves Plastic Bag Tax
June 2, 2009
Washington D.C. joins many other cities doing their part to eliminate plastic bag waste and pollution.
From July 1, 2007, the government passed a law that stated that the manufacture, import and use of plastic bags thinner than 30 microns will be banned. All other polythene will be subject to a 120% tax.
“Toronto, Canada’s most populated city, is now charging consumers five cents for every plastic bag requested from a retailer in an effort to reduce the consumption of disposable packaging. The law took effect on June 1 and is part of Toronto’s commitment to achieve a 70 percent waste diversion rate.”
Often seen as a progressive city, San Francisco took the initiative in 2007 to ban plastic bags from large supermarkets and chain pharmacies in the city and county of San Francisco.
In 2005, Rwanda banned plastic bags less than 100 microns thick and backed this up with public awareness campaigns.
The black plastic bag has disappeared from the capital of Kigali. Additionally, in 2004, thousands of people were encouraged to take the day off work to help pick up some of the plastic bags which littered the country.
Looking for an easy way* to recycle your old or used plastic bags?
These are a couple of excellent websites for locating your nearest recycling center, which in most instances will be your nearest grocery store.
On Earth911, you can enter your state, city or zip code in order to locate your nearest recycling center.
10 December 2006
The city of Paris has decided to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags in large stores as of 2007, in an effort to cut down on pollution.
The City of Lights is hardly the first to tackle its plastic woes. From Paris, Lisa Bryant reports for VOA that from Ireland to South Africa, the throwaway bag is heading for the dustbin - of history.
In January 2008, New York City passed a bill requiring that large retailers and chain shops using plastic bags recycle them for consumers.
Currently, New Yorkers are using 1 billion bags per year. Having convenient recycling facilities will greatly help cut down on the waste and litter from all those bags.
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