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3 posts from December 2006

December 07, 2006

Strong support for plastic bag ban


South Australians lead the nation in their support for a ban on plastic bags, a Newspoll survey says.
Nine out of 10 people surveyed (91%) said they were in favour of a ban on plastic bags to help reduce landfill, damage to marine life and greenhouse pollution.

Legislation is being developed and there will be a consultation process.

Link: Strong support for plastic bag ban.

December 06, 2006

Paris to Ban Non-Biodegradale Plastic Bags Next Year


The city of Paris has decided to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags in large stores as of 2007, in an effort to cut down on pollution.

Experts say these disposable bags account for 8,000 tons of waste generated in Paris each year, at a cost of more than $2 million. Yves Contassot, the man responsible for environment and waste at the Paris city hall, says plastic bags are just one lesson about the dangers of overpackaging, and of using petroleum-based products to make these non-renewable bags. Parisians need to economize resources by managing them better, Contassot says. It's a question of environmental responsibility...

Link: Paris to Ban Non-Biodegradale Plastic Bags Next Year.

'No plastic bag day' extended to 2007


Thanks to the wide support of major supermarket and retail chains, the 'No plastic bag day' campaign will be extended to 2007.

The Environmental Protection Department said the patrons include Wellcome, Park n Shop, China Resources Vanguard, Watsons, Mannings, 7-Eleven, Circle-K, DCH Food Marts, City' Super, A-1 Bakery and ThreeSixty. They promised to have the campaign at least once a month.

Since June, more than 30 major supermarket and retail chains have joined the voluntary scheme to reduce the indiscriminate use of plastic shopping bags.According to a Green Student Council customer survey, participating retailers distributed an average of more than 40% fewer plastic bags on 'No plastic bag days'.

Link: 'No plastic bag day' extended to 2007.