Italy to Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

Italy, which had previously been one of the top users of plastic shopping bags in Europe, is banning them.  Italians used about 20 billion bags a year, which is more than 330 per person and about one-fifth of the total used in all of Europe.

Retailers are now banned from providing shoppers polyethylene bags. They can use bags made of biodegradable plastic, cloth or paper.

Planet Ark reports:

"Other European countries have tried voluntary schemes to cut plastic bag use, such as promoting reusable cotton bags. In 2002 Ireland imposed a levy on bags of 15 euro cents (20 U.S. cents) that cut use by 90 percent within a week."

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