Chile bans plastic bags for companies

A sales assistant puts customers goods on plastic bags at a supermarket in Santiago, on July 18, 2018. Symbol copyright AFP Symbol caption Only 10% of the 3.4 million luggage Chileans use in step with year are recycled

Chile has develop into the first South American usa to legally ban the common industrial use of plastic baggage.

the new law, approved by means of Congress and enacted by President Sebastián Piñera, gives small retail outlets two years to conform to a total ban.

Better industry can have six months to forestall the usage of plastic bags.

within the meantime they are going to most effective be allowed to hand out service bags per consumer.

Businesses that holiday the foundations will face a $370 (£280).

Image copyright AFP Symbol caption Marine existence in Chile and other international locations have suffered for years the consequences of plastic air pollution

A Couple Of different international locations have also been taking steps to fight plastic air pollution.

In January, Panama licensed law curtailing the economic use of plastic bags.

Companies there were given as much as 24 months to segment out the use of plastic carrier bags.

In Britain, a 5p obligatory price in step with bag used to be offered in 2015.

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