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Learn the Latest About the Bag Ban Movement
Efforts to ban single-use plastic bags experienced a bit of a setback because of the spread of COVID-19. Still, the movement is going strong and moving forward. Disposable plastic bags are bad for the planet, and reusable bags are a safe alternative, even during the Coronavirus pandemic.
You can see a list of plastic bag bans throughout the world on our bag ban map. Get the latest news and developments to ban single-use plastic bags throughout the world.
Going Green in the Maldives
Earlier this year, the Maldives Parliament passed a measure to ban the import of single-use plastic bags starting in 2021. In the meantime, very high duties will be levied on single-use plastic bags that are imported into the country.
China Reducing Disposable Plastic Use
As a country with the largest population, it comes as no surprise that China also uses a lot of disposable plastic.
However, that’s about to change in a BIG way!
China is on track to ban the use of disposable plastic bags in all major cities by the end of 2020. This ban will extend to all remaining cities and towns in 2022.
Efforts Stall in India
Late last year, India was poised to ban a variety of single-use plastic items, including disposable bags. Unfortunately, that did not happen. Instead of banning single-use plastic bags and other environmentally damaging items, officials decided to launch an outreach campaign to promote recycling and reduce litter.
At this point in time, there are no plans to introduce any bans on single-use plastic bags or other items.
Africa Continuing to Ban Single-Use Plastics
So far 34 countries in Africa, out of 54 in total, have passed laws banning or regulating single-use plastic items. Sixteen countries have banned single-use plastic bags specifically.
Burundi has passed one of the most-recent bans on all single-use plastic items which should be implemented by the end of 2020.
EU Holding to 2021 Goal
Many European countries began banning simple-plastic bags in the first decade of the 2000s.
Austria, France, and Italy have all passed single-use plastic bag bans while Ireland, Scotland, and England have imposed fees on disposable plastic bags.
The European Union is working to ban a greater variety of single-use plastic items by 2021.
At this point in time, the EU is still on track to implement its 2021 ban.
Join the Bag Ban Movement
The world is becoming buried in plastic litter which is a serious environmental threat but also a misuse of nonrenewable resources.
Banning single-use plastic bags can drastically reduce the amount of litter generated and bans are proven to have a positive impact on communities and habitats.
We have been following the bag ban movement for many years now and we work hard to maintain our global bag ban map and provide regular updates.
This resource can inform and inspire and we hope you will use it to learn more about the bag ban movement and possibly take action in your hometown.
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