January 17, 2008

Plastic Bags

Israel is the newest among the line of countries who are taking measures to eradicate or at least reduce the use of plastic bags. Word is that a bill has been introduced in Israel under which customers will now pay a charge for every plastic bag they will consume at the supper marker, this bill is similar to the one introduced in china late last year. This environment friendly chain reaction started from San Francisco, followed by Hong Kong, Melbourne, and then adopted by china and Israel.

The Bay’s board of supervisors of San Francisco approved the legislation under which use of 180 million plastic bags being used per annum were banned in all supper markets, by late 2007 and at pharmacies by early 2008. The problem was even more complicate in Hong Kong where 8 million plastic bags are dumped every year which is 3 bags per person a day. The total eradication program in Hong Kong will work in phases, first hyper marts, chains and retailers are suppose to charge USA6 cents a bag which is alone expected to cut the use to half by the end of 2008. Money earned through this charge will be utilized in the second phase through funds allocation to environment recovery projects and for educating people and indulging them into environmental friendly activities.

Melbourne has been active for reducing the use of plastic bags. In fact the Australian environment Minster Peter Garrett in an interview to a local newspaper stated that there are some four billion of these plastic bags floating around the place, getting into landfill, ending up affecting our wildlife, and showing up on our beaches while we are on holidays. A levy of 10 cents each bag consumed at the super markets has already has been imposed.

If the current pace of efforts for reducing plastic bag use continues on national levels allover the world, we might be able to find lesser number of these never wearing down bag on our roads, and chocking our drains. This will bring a significant reduction of petroleum thinning for manufacturing plastic bags.