banish the bags: how the world shames britain in dealing with \'plastic poison\' bags

by:Nanqixing     2020-03-06
Consumers, governments and retailers around the world have driven out plastic bags, a symbol of urban garbage.
British retailers claim shoppers in the country will not tolerate the benefits of losing an apparently free plastic bag and their groceries.
However, evidence from two of Britain\'s closest neighbors --
France and Ireland
This is not the case.
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France\'s leading supermarket groups, such as Jiale Fook and Auchan, began the ban on free plastic bags in last March.
Now, shoppers pay a re of 2 p to 42 p-
Bags available depending on the material.
The French government will impose a full ban by 2010.
The store insists that customers welcome this change.
A recent survey found 96 people in France were in favor of banning singles.
Use plastic bags.
A spokesman for Auchan said: \"We have not noticed
Since the ban on carrying luggage was introduced, it has been open.
Some people buy bags and use less, while others bring their own bags to reuse them.
\"Since the introduction of a tax in 2002, the Irish government has dropped 90 on the use of plastic bags, currently 16 p per bag.
On average, each shopper used 328 packs a year before the launch, compared with only 21 after.
When the plan came out, Irish Tesco bosses welcomed it.
Customers are happy to switch to reusable bags, they say.
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But Britain\'s biggest retailer has opposed charges or bans in the country.
It does have a \"green pack plan\" that provides customers with \"green club card points\" worth 1p to 4p for each bag they carry on their own shopping.
Tesco and other retailers have signed an initiative drafted by government advisers on a Waste Resources Action Programme to \"reduce the environmental impact of shopping bags by 25 by 2008 \".
This vague commitment allows retailers themselves to decide whether to achieve this modest goal.
Compared with the goals that many third world countries can achieve, it is insignificant.
Just yesterday, China\'s largest manufacturer of plastic bags announced that it had closed its factories as the government decided to ban its products from June.
Huaqiang plastics said the ban removed demand for its products in one fell swoop.
The Chinese government is hardly considered the flag bearer of the green movement, and amid growing concerns about pollution, the Chinese government has ordered a ban on the green movement, which has been lost by years of high growth.
Even struggling Bangladesh imposed a ban in the capital Dhaka in 2002 after plastic bags were linked to sewer jams and related catastrophic flooding.
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How other countries have solved this problem: Consumer groups, retailers and politicians have launched the \"Say No\" campaign against shopping bags.
The federal government either taxed each bag or banned them directly.
In last July, the government taxed free luggage.
The charge is levied on retailers, who pass it on to shoppers.
Canadians have taken a different approach to most other countries and have succeeded in inciting roadside collection of various plastics --
Not just shopping bags.
Denmark has been taxing since 1994.
But when a retailer buys a plastic bag, it is enforced, not the consumer.
The use of plastic bags has tripled. thirds.
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Most supermarkets charge between 4p and 20p per order.
Use the bag and provide a bag or stronger woven plastic bag of about 75 p
Many shops in the commercial street offer
Free use.
Supermarkets always charge for shipping bags, usually around 20 p and 40 cents are recycled.
Many people provide cartons to customers for delivery.
Ten years ago, the cost of 4p was introduced on plastic shopping bags.
From 2010, plastic shopping bags will be banned.
The Mumbai authorities banned plastic bags in 2000.
Retailers who violate the ban have been suspended for one month.
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Last year, the government banned the use of thin plastic bags and imposed high import taxes on thick plastic bags.
Similar policies have been adopted in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Plastic bags are banned from shops.
Retailers impose a 2 p environmental tax on all bags.
The government has drafted plans to reduce the consumption of plastic bags by half by 2009.
It will ban non-
Biodegradable single
Use the bag for the second year.
A tax plan would mean about 10 pence for luggage.
Most Swiss shoppers use their own reusable carriers.
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Free lightweight plastic bags have been phased out since 2003.
In last March, San Francisco and the county became the first area to ban the use of ordinary plastic shopping bags.
In July, the law required all large supermarkets in California to recover and recycle plastic shopping bags.
The New York City Council has passed a measure that requires shops that distribute plastic bags to provide recycling facilities.
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