Panama moves against plastic shopping bags

 
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PLASTIC bags in Panama shops and supermarkets are on the way out pending the signature of President Juan Carlos Varela.

The National Assembly which has been roiled in accusations of Deputies putting their names on state owned vehicles to curry favor with constituents closed the week with the approval in the third debate of Bill 492, which prohibits plastic bags in shops and promotes the use of those that are reusable.

The vote in the full Legislature took place after the presentation of a video by  PRD lawmaker Samir Gozaine,  one of the proponents of the bill.

The Earth can live without humans, but humans can not live without the Earth,"  the Deputy said.

If the Bill is sanctioned, commercial establishments must replace plastic bags progressively

over  12 to 24 months, with reusable bags or face fines  by  The  Consumer Protection Authority (ACODECO)

The initiative has received applause and criticism.



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Sid

Bags dont really last that long .i buy say some bolts and leave them on my work bench and in a few months (6) the bag falls apart when i pick it up . So its not like the pld daus with plastic bags

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mhogan

Yes, and I think we all understand your motivation for recycling them. Don't know if it would work, though it is interesting

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PedasiPaul

If Varela signs the ban into law, it may encourage use of alternatives such as bio-degradable bags. There are bio-degradable holders for six-packs of beer and soft drinks, but inertia prevents making the change from plastic to bio-degradable when it is solely voluntary.

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Wayne Matthews

Let's really get controversial and make the bags out of hemp.

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GULICKGRINGO

Concur. Trees grow faster than oil deposits so when asked, I say "paper." Leftists can't figure that out.

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mhogan

You're quite right. I've seen and used them elsewhere. They may even be in Panama but not where I shop. Cost is probably a factor, as you say. The consumer will pay the price, as usual.

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Wesley M Brown

If you enter "Biodegradable Shopping Bags" using an internet search program, you will find that they are (and have been) available for some time. I don't know why they aren't being used to replace non-biodegradable plastic bags. They probably cost more at the moment, but their cost will inevitably decrease with increases in production and usage.

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Richard Charron

Your solutions make too much sense. I was wondering the same thing. It used to be when we had a problem someone would address the problem intelligently and invent some way of making it better. It's impossible to conceive that science today (when they are not concentrating on selling their controversial global warming theory in order to receive funding) can't invent a process of making some type of bag bio-degradable in order to facilitate its use and protection for the environment. This carry your own bag just doesn't work as in most cases it is either left in the car or at home. Paper would probably be too expensive and the critics will say we are destroying our environment by felling the trees needed to produce them. You know it's going to be either their way or the highway.

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mhogan

Grocery bags ARE reusable -- I use them when I walk my dog and pick up their poo. So if I don't get shopping bags, I'll have to buy plastic bags specifically for my dog ... and they won't be re-usable after their single purpose. Has the grocery bag problem not been thought through for unintended consequences? Why not make grocery bags biodegradable so that both the bag and dog poo can decompose together?

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