California has become the first US state to approve a ban of single-use plastics bags across its entire territory, despite strong opposition to the move. Until now, such bans have only been implemented by individual cities or counties.
A Bill to ban single-use plastics bags through out California has failed after a 37-33 vote fell short of the required 41 in the State Assembly, yet it could still be revived as the session does not conclude until this weekend.
Shoppers in the UK are not taking up the offer of a free replacement 'Bag for Life' at supermarkets and are simply discarding them when they start to show signs of wear, a waste management company has found, generating a significant waste of money and resources.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has published data showing that so-called 'single-use' bag use in the UK rose 3.2 per cent in 2013, although total carrier bag weight (including reusable bags) dropped by 4.4 per cent.
The government of England looks set to announce plans for a 5p (8 US cents) levy on so-called 'single-use' plastics carrier bags starting next year, which a British tabloid newspaper claims will reduce the use of plastics bags by three quarters.
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.