Indian capital to ban use of all plastic bags

(AP)—The government of India's capital is hoping that a strict ban on plastic bags will help the environment.

An engineer with Delhi's government says that starting next week, the manufacture and sale of all types of and bags will be banned in the city, citing their environmental dangers.

B.M.S Reddy said Wednesday that the ban will include shopping bags, garbage bags and all kinds of and storage packets. Only plastic bags required for will be exempt.

In 2009, Delhi banned the use of plastic shopping bags, but authorities have had little success enforcing the ban.

Plastic bags also pose a risk to the thousands of cows that roam the city and end up swallowing them while foraging for food in Delhi's open garbage dumps.


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Sep 13, 2012
"Only plastic bags required for medical waste will be exempt."
Mmmmm... I'd hate to see/smell the state of their wheelie bins after all that rotting waste has been sitting in it for a while. That's if Dehli even has such a system of regular garbage collection, let alone over the whole city. I find it hard to imagine the poorer areas looking any better, even without plastic bags blowing in the wind. I for one, re-use old plastic bags as bin liners and unless one has a hole in it, I find that I only need to clean the wheelie bin 2-3 times a year to avoid any (even minor) smell. Best Regards, DH66

Sep 16, 2012
"open garbage dumps"
Hmmm...maybe we've stumbled onto part of the problem?
I'd bet plastic bags give those sewer divers problems as well.

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