Plastic Bag Bans Around The World

Plastic Bag Bans Around The World

Track the Global Bag Ban Movement

Single-use plastic bag bans are certainly gaining ground in the U.S., but this is also a global movement. While the ultimate goal of all plastic bag bans is to reduce the use of plastic, the journey can take a very different form for many plastic bag bans around the world. Keep reading to learn more about the global plastic bag ban movement.

European Parliament Approves Bag Ban

The European Parliament voted to ban single-use plastic bags, among other plastic items, throughout the European Union. If passed, this measure would prohibit plastic plates and cutlery, straws, drink stirrers, balloon sticks and more. This proposal also looks to minimize the overall use of plastic, through a reduction in single-use plastic items used for food and beverage containers. There are still some necessary steps before the ban becomes official, but it is anticipated this proposal will pass. If passed, officials hope to have this ban in place and effective by 2021.

Bag Ban Coming to Canadian City

Wetaskiwin, a city in the province of Alberta in Canada, is ready to ditch plastic. The Councillors in this city, about 44 miles south of the capital, Edmonton, unanimously voted to ban disposable plastic bags. Earlier efforts centered on plastic bag bans failed to gain the necessary support, but this latest endeavor was widely supported. The ban goes into action for retail stores on July 9, 2019. Starting June 1, 2020, all stores impacted by the ban will have to charge a 15-cent fee for each paper bag handed out.

Tijuana Poised to Ban Bags

Disposable plastic bags will be banned in the border city of Tijuana by the end of 2018. Businesses will have two years to adjust to the measure and after two years fines will be imposed for any retailers found to be in violation of the ban.

When the city council approved the ban, the hope was that by eliminating single-use plastic bags there would be less trash in the oceans and surrounding areas. Research found that trash levels in nearby areas dropped significantly after nearby California passed a state-wide ban in 2016, so everyone is cautiously optimistic Tijuana’s ban will have a similar impact.

Largest Indian City Implements More Strict Plastic Bag Ban

Mumbai has struggled with the trash resulting from single-use plastic bags for a long time. Earlier efforts to stem the flow of plastic garbage proved to be ineffective, so officials upped the ante. A plastic bag ban passed in 2012 prohibited bags thinner than 50 microns. However, the ban was not strictly enforced, and thicker bags were still allowed. In June of 2018, all single-use plastic bags were banned, regardless of the thickness. Consumers and retailers found to be in possession of single-use plastic bags, as well as other disposable plastic items like cups and bottles, can face steep fines and even possible jail time.

Stay in the Know

To get a big view of plastic bag bans around the world, check out our map. This resource tracks successful plastic bag bans and fees, and the not-so-successful efforts to reduce plastic trash. Learn about updates to the map, as well as other green news by subscribing to our blog.

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