Australians Rage Over Plastic Bag Ban + 9 Other Countries and Cities Have Banned Single-Use Plastics

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Supermarket staff in Australia have faced abuse and violence from shoppers angry at the removal of plastic bags as a ban comes into force. Nexter.org made up a list of other countries that have already banned single-use plastics.

Australia

To cut down on waste from single-use plastic bags, some of Australia’s largest retailers are banning them.

The Australian states Queensland and Western Australia, and retail chains Coles and Big W are placing new restrictions on these bags as of July 1. On June 20, Woolworths said it had removed single-use plastic bags from its stores nationwide. The states of Tasmania and South Australia have previously banned this type of plastic bag.

However, not everyone is so disturbed about the environment and do not understand the meaning of the new laws. Thus, a man enraged that he was not being provided a free plastic bag apparently placed his hands around the throat of a Woolworths employee, according to The West Australian.

Taiwan

In February, Taiwan announced one of the farthest-reaching bans on plastic in the world , restricting the use of single-use plastic bags, straws, utensils, and cups.

The ban — which builds on existing regulations like a recycling programme, and extra charges for plastic bags — should be completely in force by 2030.

Zimbabwe

In July 2017, Zimbabwe announced a total ban on expanded polystyrene(EPS), a styrofoam-like material used for food containers that takes up to a million years to decompose.

Those caught violating the ban have to pay a fine of between $30 and $500.

Kenya 

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As of August 2017, anyone in Kenya who’s found using, producing, or selling a plastic bag faces up to four years in jail, or a $38,000 fine.

It’s the world’s harshest plastic bag ban, and it’s prompting some seriously creative solutions.

Montreal

The Canadian city of Montreal kicked off 2018 by banning single-use plastic bags .

Merchants have until June 5 to adapt to the policy and after that, first-time offenders could face fines of up to $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for corporations.

The city previously used roughly 2 billion plastic bags every year, and just 14% of those were recycled. Meanwhile, the city of Victoria also announced it will bring in a ban on single-use plastic bags in July 2018.

Malibu

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In March 2018, the Californian city of Malibu’s local council voted to ban the sale, distribution, and use of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, and plastic cutlery , to begin on June 1.

The idea is to keep plastic from reaching the city’s beaches and the ocean.

Seattle

As of July 1, Seattle will become the first US city to enact a ban on plastic straws, along with single-use plastic utensils .

The ban was tested in September 2017 with a city-wide “Strawless in Seattle” campaign, which involved more than 100 restaurants, major sports organisations, airports, and aquariums, among others.

France

In 2016, France became the first country to announce a total ban on plastic cups, plates, and cutlery, to be brought in from 2020.

It followed the country’s total ban on plastic bags in 2015, in an effort to transform France into “an exemplary nation in terms of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying its energy model, and increasing then deployment of renewable energy sources.”

UK 

In January 2018, the UK announced a 25-year plan to “set the global gold standard” on eliminating plastic waste, according to environment minister Michael Gove.

The first “landmark step” was to eliminate plastic microbeads, which can no longer be used in “rinse-off” cosmetic and personal care products. The tiny plastics are found in products like body scrubs, face washes, toothpaste, and cleaning products. But they’re so tiny they end up in the oceans, where they’re eaten by sea creatures and often end up back in the food chain.

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It’s not quite a complete ban, however, with “leave-on” products like sunscreen and makeup still allowed to contain microbeads.

The UK has also brought in a tax on plastic bags, as of 2015, which has resulted in 9 billion fewer plastic bags in circulation. Prime Minister Theresa May also announced this month a consultation on a ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds, which will launch later in the year.

Even the Queen of England has joined the war on plastics, by banning plastic straws and bottles from the Royal Estate in February.

New York 

While still just a proposal, the state of New York is considering banning plastic bags.  The bill, introduced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, calls for the end of single-use plastic bags in grocery stores and other retailers by next year, but includes exceptions for items like produce bags, take-out bags, and bags sold for garbage or food storage.

“The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water, and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment,” Cuomo said in a statement.

New Delhi

This massive city in India, home to over 20 million people, took a major step toward helping the planet when it banned all forms of single-use plastic in 2017 . The city, which was found to have the worst air quality out of 1,600 cities that were analysed, took the step after complaints were made of illegal burning of plastic at garbage dumps.


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