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War on Supermarket Plastic Bags, South Africa.

The government published draft legislation outlawing the use of “freebie” plastic bags (less than 30-microns thick), that will become law in 2001. The legislation does not apply to bags 80-microns or more thick. It makes sense since the thicker bags are not only reusable but are also easier to recycle. In other countries, recycled plastics are used to make, among other things, parking barriers, wet suits and splinter-free wood-polymer timber.

The bill has teeth. A first offender stands to lose R10000 or to go to jail for a year. A second offence costs R100000 or ten years in jail.  In reminding parliament of these penalties, Valli Moosa said: “The harshness of the penalties demonstrates our desire to send a tough message to all and sundry.  We have to roll up our sleeves and clean up our country”. AAWar

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Last update: 2014-05-14 14:23
Author: Alan McIver
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