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September 06, 2005

Another Indian state bans plastic bags

Sun.Star Pampanga

DO PLASTIC bags contribute to flooding?

This is what the Western Indian State of Maharashtra thinks so. They ban the manufacture, sale and use of all plastic bags, saying they choked drainage systems during the recent monsoon rains. Flooding and landslides killed more than 1,000 people in the state. The ban carries a fine of 5,000 rupees (P6,200) for manufacturing and selling plastic bags, and 1,000 rupees (P1,233) for individuals caught using it. The Northern Indian State of Himachi Pradesh, a popular tourist destination, is the first Indian state to impose a similar ban on plastic bags. The penalty for those using a polyethylene bag is US$2,000 or seven years imprisonment.
Flooding is also the reason why Bangladesh enforced a complete ban on the sale and use of polyethylene bags in the capital, Dhaka. Millions of plastic bags disposed of everyday are clogging Dhaka's drainage system, posing a serious environmental hazard. It is identified as one of the leading causes of severe flooding in 1988 and 1998. They are now promoting the use of jute bags as an alternative...

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