Panama looking at end of plastic bags

 
1,069Views 8Comments Posted 28/02/2017

NON-DEGRADABLE plastic bags in Panama supermarkets and warehouses could be part of history in Panama by next year    if a bill proposed  by  a deputy of the ruling  Panamenista party becomes law

Bill 136, which prohibits the use of  non-degradable wrappings or packaging is being advanced

By  Florentino Abrego, to reduce the environmental impact generated by the production, distribution, use and accumulation of non-degradable plastic material at  a national level with repercussions around the world on soils and seas.

"What is sought is to prohibit the use of non-biodegradable bags provided free of charge  in commercial establishments After their short term  use no isresponsible their  collection, treatment, reuse and final disposition," said Abrego

According to studies, a degradable plastic bag takes two years to disintegrate, the

Biodegradable take 120 days to decompose and regular  bags take 300 years

The preliminary draft obliges and sets a deadline for operators to replace the

plastic packaging, which will be 12 months from the enactment of the law in

supermarkets, pharmacies and retailers, and 24 months after the enactment of the law in

Warehouses, wholesalers and the like.

Those who violate the norm will be sanctioned with fines of between $100 dollars and $1,000 thousand  along with the seizure of non-biodegradable transport bags, says the initiative.

The proposal  says  that money from  fines will go to an environmental and recycling training fund.



Comments 8

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eugenie

biodegradable bags does not mean they are not reusable! just reuse them within 120 days. that's 4 months worth of opportunity to use them until they're worn out. i am so thankful that someone inside the gov't is looking at Panama's garbage problem. it's much easier to prevent the creation of new problems, than to clean up after them. plastic drink bottles are not biodegradable but they are recyclable and should have a deposit on them. styrofoam is evil and should be banned!

2 years ago
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rbc11

RNT you sound like a little crybaby. Might make your life a little less convenient. Grow up and accept some responsibility on how you treat the planet. RBC

2 years ago
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Myrna

How about all the plastic bottles? Or are they all bio-degradable?

2 years ago
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Paul Froehlich

No one denies that trash is a major problem in Panama. Much of that trash is plastic. Banning nonbiodegrable plastic bags would be a step in the right direction. Then go after styrofoam containers and cups.

2 years ago
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Captain

Charge for them, as most countries have done that introduced controls on plastic waste. It's resulted in an 80% reduction in Hong Kong for example. Very effective . Delhi has gone one further and prohibited the use of all disposable plastic items in the city Forget education as a solution. Especially in Panama which has a failed education system anyway. Hit people in the pocket ....it's amazing that people will take shopping bags to the supermarket to save a few cents but evidence shows that they do in those places this law is already in place

2 years ago
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Myrna

I believe that the plastic bags from Riba Smith are labeled as biodegradable. Not sure if this is true or not.

2 years ago
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RedNekTex

I reuse these bags for all sorts of storage, for transporting foods & other materials, harvest the garden, confining spoiled food smells until disposal, etc. When they are banned, I'll just have to buy them myself, thereby increasing the cost of living and making living less convenient. Educate, don't legislate.

2 years ago
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Candid Curmudgeon

The plastic bags have many beneficial uses. But Panama should invest in a trash education program for the public.

2 years ago
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