Thailand rang in 2020 with an effort to tackle the plastic crisis filling the country’s waste sites and choking its waterways. The country’s ban on plastic bags at major retailers began as soon as the clock struck midnight in Bangkok.
Countries that have banned disposable plastic bags include Italy, China, Bangladesh, many countries in Africa including Rwanda, Kenya, the Congo, and South Africa.
New York State is not banning the purchase of bags like garbage can liners, sandwich bags , and whatever you might want to pick up after a dog. The State act that goes into effect March 1 prohibits the stores that collect New York State sales tax from packing items “to-go” in a single-use plastic bag .
Canada has introduced a plan to ban harmful single-use plastics by the end of 2021. The move came to address plastic pollution and achieve the country’s goal of zero plastic waste by 2030, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson told a news conference on Wednesday. “Plastic pollution threatens our natural environment.
In an easy step forward, Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) got agreements from five major water bottlers to cease using plastic cap seals on drinking water bottles by 1 April 2018. A cap seal is the small plastic wrap molded over the bottle cap that must be peeled off before the bottle can be opened.
Public awareness of the risk to animals and the environment from such waste was raised last year in a series of incidents where animals including a deer and a baby dugong were found dead with plastics in their digestive systems.
China , one of the world’s biggest users of plastic , has unveiled a major plan to reduce single-use plastics across the country. Non-degradable bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022.
In 2002, Bangladesh became the first country to ban thinner plastic bags. Morocco had announced a nationwide ban on the production and plastic bag use in 2016.
In June 2017, Costa Rica announced its intention to completely eradicate single-use plastic by 2021 – the first country in the world to do so. 4,000 tonnes of solid waste produced every day in Costa Rica .
Use trash can liners that aren’t plastic bags . Try paper bags or empty pet food bags instead of plastic . Alternatively, line your garbage can with newspaper and use this to wrap the garbage to transport it to the curb. Consider trying a cloth bag that can be emptied, washed and reused.
While paper is biodegradable and avoids some of the problems of plastic , Taylor says, the huge increase of paper, together with the uptick in plastic trash bags , means banning plastic shopping bags increases greenhouse gas emissions. That said, these bans do reduce nonbiodegradable litter.
Plastic Bag Alternatives Paper (Recycled) Reusable Plastic . Cotton. Non-woven polypropylene (PP) Compostable. Woven Polypropylene (PP) Bags . Jute.
Bans should be adopted because they are greatly effective at reducing big plastic waste. China banned plastic bags, and four years later, the amount of plastic bags thrown into the environment had reduced by 40 billion. Similarly, if the U.S. bans plastic bags, there would be fewer landfills.
The single – use plastics that will be banned are: Grocery checkout bags. Straws. Stir sticks.
On October 7, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a federal ban of single – use plastic products, with regulations finalized by the end of 2021. What exactly is being banned? Plastic grocery bags. Straws. Stir sticks. Six-pack rings for beer. Cutlery. Foodware made from hard-to- recycle plastics.