Plastic bag ban: Lack of enforcement only obstacle to eco-friendly capital – PakistanPosted on June 10, 2013 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
The problem of plastic bag waste is a huge problem everywhere. The solution to make them oxodegradable is a questionable one however. It seems like this has already been adopted, so we will expect that in approx. 5 years time the authorities will realise that there is no difference to plastic bag waste and pollution and they will be seeking a new solution. Ox bags are going to fragment into little pieces of plastic over 12-24 months and while it may make a bag appear to disappear all that really happens is that not there are 1000’s of fragments of plastic blowing and flowing around their environment. These little bits are now wildlife sized bite pieces too.
The best solution to this is to stop using disposable plastic bags. Encourage people to use reusable bags. Either ban the bag or make shops charge for them. Let the shops keep the funds even as an incentive for them to comply with the law. Reusable bags are the lowest cost to the user and the environment. There are a few reports (written for the plastic bag industry) that say reusable bags have higher energy costs than disposable bags, but is the waste issue of 1000’s of thin plastic bags vs 1 reusable bag that shows that disposable plastic bags are far worse for the environment and infrastructure.