On the way out
The first law sanctioned by President Juan Carlos Varela in 2018 obliges supermarkets, pharmacies and retailers to replace plastic bags with reusable bags within 18 months
The law promotes the use of reusable bags in commercial establishments. Warehouses and wholesalers will have a period of 24 months to remove plastic bags from their premises.
The new law was sanctioned by Varela and published in the Official Gazette on Friday, January 19
It was approved in the third debate on August 10, 2017 by the National Assembly.
Its proponent was Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), Deputy Samir Gozaine, and had the support of the independent substitute deputy Alida Spadafora.
Bravo President Varela for embracing the urgent need for clean environment and signing the anti plastic bags bill as passed by the National Assembly. Other states around the world have seamlessly succeeded in implementing that necessary shift so Panama shall be no different. A few stubborn shoppers and rogues averse to change will test the resolve of the authority once in place...however,a robust penal code and stiff penalties including heavy court fines and tough jail terms shall bring sense to those determined to circumvent the law. Nationwide anti plastic bags civil patrols and swift arraignment in courts with prompt punishments should do the trick. Good luck!
RedneNek Tex,your mindset flies against the world's unstoppable match. Panama has made the right decision albeit too late. Imagine,even dozens of states in Africa have long since abandoned this global scourge...plastic bags,with Rwanda and Kenya among others. Unless you are the enemy of clean environment,you should congratulate Panama's national assembly and the progressive head of state right away.
While it's true many of the reusable bags don't biodegrade as rapidly as the flimsy plastic, it's also true there are many times more of the plastic bags used by a typical family than reusable bags. By definition, reusable bags get use over months or years, while plastic bags sometimes get one or two uses before being discarded. So from a perspective of pure volume, plastic bags are a far bigger problem.
And on the beaches.
In countries that have enacted such laws, they are finding far fewer bags strewing the landscape.
Now, get rid of Styrofoam.
I'll be ordering various sizes of plastic bags in the convenient 5000 count pop up feed boxes. I'll just grab a dozen or so before going to the stores. This law only makes shopping more expensive, far less sanitary, far less convenient. The bags we must supply for ourselves are mostly less degradable than the ones currently used. The utter stupidity of government never ceases to amaze.
Thats great news .they should also put a deposit on bottles and cans
Stock up now.