Plastic Bags Are Not Used Everywhere
Apart from South Australia, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Tasmania who else in the world do you think has stopped the free distribution of Single Use Plastic Bags? The Greens Party are currently pushing for New South Wales abolish single use plastic bags.
Action Taken Around The World
A strict ban was introduced in Bangladesh in 2002 after the floods of 1988 to 1998. It was thought that a major contributor to the severity of these floods was discarded plastic bags blocking sewer systems.
All lightweight plastic bags were banned in South Africa in 2003 and thicker plastic bagged are taxed.
Rwanda prohibited shops from giving away plastic bags to their customers in 2004.
The Government of Zanzibar banned plastic bags in 2005.
Tanzania introduced a nationwide ban on plastic bags in 2006.
Mauritania banned the use, manufacture and import of plastic bags from January 2013 as a way to protect the environment, livestock, and marine species.
Kenya banned the manufacture and import of plastic bags from January 2011 as a way to protect the environment.
A total ban on ultra thin single-use plastic bags and a general fee on plastic bags was introduced in China in 2008. This came into effect as a result of problems with sewerage and general waste.
Hong Kong forbids retailers from providing free plastic bags under a certain thickness. The govrenment introduced a levy – the use of plastic bags dropped 90% after its introduction.
Malaysia has enforced taxes on plastic bags every Saturday since 2011 in the State of Selangor.
In January 2003, Taiwan banned the free distribution of lightweight plastic bags. Many stores have replaced plastic with recycled paper boxes.
In 2003, Denmark introduced a tax on retailers providing free single-use plastic bags. This encouraged stores to charge for plastic bags and significantly increased the use of reusable bags.
Stores in Germany that provide plastic bags must pay a recycling tax.
The Republic of Ireland introduced a €0.15 tax in March 2002. Levied on consumers at the point of sale, this led to 90% of consumers using reusable bags within a year. The tax was increased to €0.22 in 2007. The revenue is put into an Environment Fund.
In January 2011, Italy banned the distribution of plastic bags that are not from biodegradable sources.
Wales introduced a legal minimum charge of 5p for single-use bags in October 2011. Paper and biodegradable bags are included in the charge as well as plastic bags, with only a few specific exemptions – such as for unpackaged food or medicine. Monies raised from the charge are not collected by the Welsh Government, which instead asks retailers to pass proceeds on to environmental charities.
Northern Ireland will phase-in a very similar scheme of charging for bags during 2013 and 2014, while Scotland launched a public consultation in June 2012.
Altogether, 85 United States communities have plastic bags bans including some of the largest Cities in the US. San Francisco led the nation with a complete ban on plastic bags in 2007 with the exception of biodegradable bags. Seattle introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags on July 1, 2012. The Los Angeles City Council voted in 2012 to draft an ordinance that would make it the biggest city in the U.S. to implement a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout counters. All plastic bags will be banned and customers will have to pay for paper bags.
Mexico now fines stores for giving plastic bags to their customers since August 2010. Plastic bags were one of Mexico’s major pollution issues.
If they can, we can. #BRINGYOURBAG