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Tasmanian Government Invokes Plastic Bag Ban

Tasmania, November 9, 2013 (PBBR) – The Tasmanian Government has invoked a plastic bag ban effective November 1, 2013. The ban affects all retailers and prohibits merchants from supplying plastic bags to customers at point-of-purchase. Tasmania joins three other states in banning plastic bags: South Australia, Northern Territory and the…

EU Countries Each Choose How to Limit Plastic Bags

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 4, 2013 (ENS) – The European Commission today adopted a proposal that requires its 28 Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. But how they do so is up to each of the them. There is no EU-wide ban on plastic bags in…

England Sets 5p Fee For Plastic Bags

England, September 14, 2013 (PBBR) – Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, along with Lord de Mauley, announced on September 14 that a five pence mandatory charge for single-use carrier bags will be introduced from Autumn 2015. Read the full story.…

Scotland Slaps 5p Charge on Plastic Bags

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 29, 2013 (ENS) – Most Scottish retailers will have to charge a minimum of five pence for each plastic bag they hand to shoppers from October 2014 under a new move by government to reduce the number of single-use, throwaway bags littering Scotland. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead…

Legacy Of Plastic Litter Clogs Britain’s Beaches

ROSS-on-WYE, England, June 3, 2013 (ENS) – Plastic pieces made up almost 65 percent of all the litter found on British beaches during a single weekend last September, according to the latest annual Beachwatch Big Weekend Report by the nonprofit Marine Conservation Society. The amount of plastic on British beaches…

Hong Kong’s Plastic Shopping Bag Levy May Be Expanded

Plastic Shopping Bag Levy a Success Hong Kong, May 13, 2013 (PBBR) – The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD) launched the Plastic Shopping Bag (PSB) Levy Scheme in July, 2009. The Scheme placed a 50 cents levy on all plastic shopping bags. According to the EPD, the scheme has…

Dubai Says ‘No’ to Plastic Bags

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 12, 2013 (ENS) – A six-month public awareness campaign on reducing plastic bag usage and waste was launched Thursday by the Waste Management Department of Dubai Municipality, a city in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate of the same name. The campaign is…

Asia-Europe Foundation Plastic Bag Exchange

Brunei Darussalam, April 27, 2013 (PBBR) – The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) with its co-organisers launched the ASEF Green Action initiative with a bag exchange on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at the Universiti of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). This activity is ASEF’s contribution to raise awareness on the harmful effects of plastic…

Thais Asked to Decline One Plastic Bag Per Person Per Day

BANGKOK, Thailand, April 27, 2013 (ENS) – The Thai government has a new program that encourages shoppers to reduce the number of plastic bags they use by one bag per person per day. Studies have found that Thais use eight plastic bags per person per day, according to the government…

Bioplastic Bags Gaining Momentum in India and Italy

El Segundo, California, April 23, 2013 (PBBR) – Bioplastic resins used in the manufacture of single-use grocery bags are gaining momentum in India and Italy according to Cereplast, Inc. Cereplast, based in El Segundo, is receiving orders for its Cereplast Compostables® resins from the two countries in anticipation of stronger…

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