What should be done about plastic bags?

What are the options for addressing the problem and where have they been tried?

The European Commission is to publish proposals in the spring designed to reduce the number of plastic bags used in Europe each year. Most of the 15,000 people who took part in a public consultation favoured an outright ban – but what are the options?

Every year 800,000 tonnes of so-called single-use plastic bags are used in the European Union – the average EU citizen used 191 of them in 2010, the Commission says, and only 6% were recycled.

More than four billion bags are thrown away each year.

… Full Text: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17027990

Tags: Single-use plastic bags, Bag tax, Long-life bags, Biodegradable bags


BBC News, 2012-03-19.


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