13 posts categorized "Region-Asia"

March 22, 2011

Bangalore: Plastic Bag Ban Remains Ineffective

Expressbuzz.com 3.17.11

2011031763900301 Bangalore, a city in south central India, recently implemented a ban on plastic bags of less than 40 microns that seems to have little effect on Bangaloreans. According to the notification from Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), March 15 was the deadline for banning such bags; but city folks were seen carrying bags of even less than 20 microns despite the ordinance. 

“Since a 40-50 micron bag costs more than a 20 micron-thick plastic bag, demand is always higher for the latter from medicine shops and small retailers,” according to a small scale plastic manufacturing unit owner as reported by Sohini Das

The previous provision focused on a thickness limit of 20 microns, but now the recent Plastic Handling Rules of 2011 mandates that manufacturers do not produce plastic below 40 microns in thickness. Without proper enforcement and continual awareness, shop-owners and consumers remain resistant to the newly modified ban.

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Check out our stance on fees vs. bans here.

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Japan's Wind Turbines Provide Power After Disaster

Treehugger.com 3.18.11

20110318-japan-wind-turbine Since last week, the scale of destruction caused by the Japanese trifecta disaster of earthquake-tsunami-nuclear power plant crisis, and the unfortunate casualties, has captivated individuals worldwide. As Japan struggles to recooperate, they're relying on a familiar, green power source.

Japan's wind turbines are currently producing 175 MW of Japan's approximate total wind capacity of 275 MW, according to the Huffington Post as reported by Kelly Rigg. Operators are being asked to increase operations where possible to assist with electricity shortfalls, and while shares in the Tokyo stock market have fallen during the crisis, the stock price of Japan Wind Development Co. Ltd. has risen from 31,500 yen on 11 March to 47,800 yen on 16 March, according to the Huffington Post.

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China, Malaysia and Czech Republic Become Latest Nations to Ban BPA

GreenBiz.com 3.15.11

Detskelahvegrafika China, Malaysia and the Czech Republic have joined the list of countries setting bans on the notorious endocrine-mimicking chemical Bisphenol-A, which has been linked in lab tests to a wide range of health issues. However, the rationale behind the ban is arguably diminished by an erroneous compromise: Baby bottles will go, but cups, plastic food containers, receipts and the linings of tin cans containing BPA will remain available to the public. Only items with a higher probablility of exposure in children and infants are being targeted.

China's Ministry of Health announced it plans to ban any BPA-containing baby bottles or other food and drink items for children, but has no start date as of now, reported Shanghai Daily. Malaysia's ban on baby bottles made with BPA begins next March; and in order to comply with a European directive, the Czech Republic must recall polycarbonate baby bottles containing BPA as of June 1, 2011.

The Centers for Disease Control says 93-percent of us have BPA in our bodies.

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June 24, 2008

VIDEO CLIP: China bans free plastic bags

CNN, 06.01.08
China recently fulfilled its January pledge to ban free plastic bags. CNN gives us a glimpse into both the new system of charging for disposable plastic bags and the depressing effects of the culprits being free and plentiful for dozens of years.

Our Take: We hope other countries will follow China’s lead. Charging for plastic bags will help to change consumer habits over time – Ireland has the proof after their hugely successful Plastax produced a 90% drop in consumption. What do you think?

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January 10, 2008

Shoppers: It's BYO Bag in China

USA Today 01.11.08China_ban

China is banning free plastic shopping bags and calling for a return to the cloth bags of old. The ban takes effect June 1 and eliminates the flimsiest bags and forces stores to charge for others, making China the latest nation to target plastic bags in a bid to cut waste and conserve resources.

Businesses will be prohibited from manufacturing, selling or using bags less than 0.025 mm thick, though more durable plastic bags will still be permitted for sale.

The order continues a years-old campaign against plastic waste, or "white pollution," that initially targeted the plastic foam lunch boxes whose decaying shells were once ubiquitous in China.

Our Take: Our congrats to China for really targeting consumption and aiming to reduce plastic bag waste by encouraging reusable shopping bags and charging for plastic bags.

Link: Shoppers: It's BYO Bag in China

May 22, 2007

Levy may be imposed to cut plastic bag use in Hong Kong

People's Daily Online 05.22.07

Hong Kong's government may be urged to impose a levy on plastic bag use to save the city from plastic bag landfills as there are over 8 billion plastic shopping bags disposed yearly, according to the figure released May 21 by the environmental department. In a paper tabled to lawmakers May 21, the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department urged the legislative to agree to impose a levy to cut plastic bag use, adding a 50-cent levy could cut plastic bag use in Hong Kong by one billion.

Link: Levy may be imposed to cut plastic bag use in Hong Kong

April 19, 2007

100,000 plastic bags saved on Bring Your Own Bag Day

China NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Singapore's first Bring Your Own Bag Day on Wednesday managed to save an estimated 100,000 plastic bags.

According to leading supermarket chains NTUC Fairprice and Cold Storage, they cut the number of plastic bags by up to 60 per cent.

They also sold about 20,000 reusable bags.

At one Cold Storage outlet, most shoppers say they do not mind if they have to donate 10 cents to environmental projects for every plastic bag they take...

Link: 100,000 plastic bags saved on Bring Your Own Bag Day.

January 22, 2007

Pakistan Seeing Need for Awareness Campaign to Control use of Plastic Bags

Daily Times

Thousands of plastic bags are thrown away everyday in Pakistan, which results in choked drains, bacterial germinations, water borne diseases and the spread of mosquitoes.  Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency Director General says the situation is "grim".  "We need a mass awareness campaign and cooperation of the people to control the use of polythene bags."

Link: Pakistan Seeing Need for Awareness Campaign to Control use of Plastic Bags.

December 06, 2006

'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.

November 06, 2006

Supermarkets dole out fewer plastic bags


Supermarkets have handed out 80 million fewer plastic bags since the launch of the voluntary pact on plastic-bag reduction, Secretary for the Environment, Transport & Works Dr Sarah Liao says. The three major supermarket chains have achieved 24-29% cuts, far above their 15% target.

To reduce the indiscriminate use of plastic shopping bags, Dr Liao said a study report on a plastic shopping bag levy - including its feasibility, options, level of charge and scope, the environmental benefits of various options and their impact on the trades - will be completed by the end of this year.

Link: Supermarkets dole out fewer plastic bags.

April 06, 2006

Shops put a brake on plastic bags

More than 20 young cyclists rode through the busy streets of Kowloon Wednesday to ask shops to participate in Hong Kong's first No Plastic Bag Day on April 15.

Members of environmental organization Green Student Council were joined by other cyclists for the morning ride from Tsim Sha Tsui's landmark Clock Tower to Mong Kok and back.

Along the way they played a recorded message on a speaker to promote No Plastic Bag Day, and invited shop owners to join.

Shops participating will not offer free plastic bags to customers for the day. Instead, shoppers will have to pay 50 cents for each bag. Proceeds from the event will go to Oxfam Hong Kong.

Green Student Council chairman Angus Ho said the event addressed concern over massive overuse of plastic bags in the city.

Hong Kong consumes 33 million plastic bags - 5 per resident - every day. Australia, with 20 million people, uses a quarter of that number of bags a day, and Ireland, which introduced a bag levy in 2002, uses a third.

Link: The Standard - China's Business Newspaper.

September 14, 2005

Blanket ban on plastic bags in forests

The Telegraph

Planning to visit the jungles of Jharkhand or the Rajrappa temple next month? Carry everything, except for plastic and polythene bags.

The reason: the state forest and environment department has decided to ban the use of any type of polythene in the national parks, reserves forests, sanctuaries and zoos across Jharkhand from next month.

The department has also decided to put a blanket ban on the use of polythene bags within a two-kilometre radius of the Rajrappa temple, where thousands of devotees visit everyday from various parts of the country.

Sources in the department said the decision has been taken according to the provisions of Environment (Protection) Act of 1986. The department had been receiving a large number of complaints from local forest officials about the indiscriminate use of polythene bags in national parks, sanctuaries and reserve forests...

Link: Blanket ban on plastic bags in forests.

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...

Link: Another Indian state bans plastic bags.