Non-biodegradable plastic bags face ban in Uruguay

Uruguay appears poised to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags, alarmed by the vast quantities of discarded plastic floating in its waters and causing the deaths of sea turtles and other marine animals. Conservation experts welcome the progress, though they doubt action by Uruguay alone will substantially improve matters given the many countries contributing to the problem. In December, the Uruguayan Senate unanimously approved a bill proposed by the executive branch to prohibit the “manufacture, import, distributions, sale and provision” of plastic bags that are not biodegradable.” The measure, which is soon expected to clear the lower house and be put into effect immediately thereafter, also empowers businesses to charge customers for biodegradable plastic bags in order to limit their use as well. The legislative advance... [Log in to read more]

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