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EU commission seeks to reduce use of plastic bags
EU Observer ^ | 11.04.13 @17:13 | Honor Mahony

Posted on 11/04/2013 1:13:16 PM PST by Olog-hai

The European Commission Monday (4 November) tabled measures to reduce the use of thin plastic bags by 80 percent, with about 710,000 tonnes of them being thrown away each year.

Each EU citizen use almost 200 such bags—below 50 microns in thickness—yearly and, for the most part (89 percent of the time), throws them away after just one go.

The practice is causing “enormous environmental damage,” said environment commissioner Janez Potocnik. He said the bags are a symbol of our “throwaway” culture, as the bags take hundreds of years to degrade “yet we only use them for a few minutes.”

The commissioner is proposing that member states either set national reduction targets, use a levy or ban such bags altogether. …

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: disposable; envirowackos; eussr; garabgemanagement; greenieweenies; nannystate; plasticbags; throwawayculture

1 posted on 11/04/2013 1:13:17 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Revolting cat!

Back in the EUSSR!


2 posted on 11/04/2013 1:15:45 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Olog-hai

Didn’t the enviro wackos tell us to switch from paper to plastic a while back?


3 posted on 11/04/2013 1:20:10 PM PST by BinaryBoy (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: BinaryBoy

Yuuuuuup!


4 posted on 11/04/2013 1:25:45 PM PST by thoolou ("Technology is driven by those who understand it the least" - Unknown)
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To: Olog-hai

Liberal morons. They are the most useless people on earth.
No exceptions.


5 posted on 11/04/2013 1:34:23 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Olog-hai

Typical ... why the heck don’t they teach people not to litter, or create some sort of social stigma for those who do? My plastic grocery bags get recycled and reused for trash - I have small trash cans or baskets in 5 different rooms where they’re used. If they do away with plastic trash bags, then we’ll just have to buy MORE plastic trash bags - and where’s the savings or efficiency in that?


6 posted on 11/04/2013 1:36:36 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Olog-hai

Weren’t plastic bags brought in to save trees from being turned into paper bags????


7 posted on 11/04/2013 1:37:00 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Olog-hai

They banned plastic grocery bags in Austin back in March. I thought it was going to be a pain, but it’s not bad. I just keep a couple of bags in my backpack in case I hit the grocery store on the way home from work.
Banning the bags is, honestly, not the disaster everyone makes it out to be. You adapt. People are assholes when it comes to litter. Saw a young gentleman get off the bus yesterday. He took the last cigarette out of his pack and tossed the box over his shoulder onto the ground. That seriously irritated me. I wanted to see him get busted and fined. Cigarette butts and boxes are about 80% of the trash I see on the ground.


8 posted on 11/04/2013 1:51:34 PM PST by christx30 (Freedom above all.)
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To: christx30

That’s not the point.


9 posted on 11/04/2013 3:13:43 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

What is the point? Getting rid of the plastic bags in Austin has reduced the litter by a bunch. It’s not a huge burden on us. Just remember to grab your canvas bags before you leave the house.
Now we just need to get rid of the smokers that treat the ground like a garbage can.


10 posted on 11/04/2013 4:26:43 PM PST by christx30 (Freedom above all.)
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To: christx30

Ah, Austin.

Funny that plastic is the sole offending item of litter.


11 posted on 11/04/2013 4:29:58 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

It’s not. Not by a long shot. There are fast food cups and bags. There are tires and crap. There are cigarette packs and butts everywhere. People are seriously assholes when it comes to litter.
But one thing that I don’t see a lot any more are the plastic bags. People are being responsible. They are taking their bags to the store and using them with no problem. I’d like to see more enforcement of littering laws. Wish that twirp had gotten a $200 ticket or his ass kicked by a cop. But he just walked away from that trash.


12 posted on 11/04/2013 4:55:56 PM PST by christx30 (Freedom above all.)
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To: christx30

Bought bread this week that had 5 bags to hold two loaves of bread.

each loaf in a cellophane bag, in a plastic bag, which were both in a fancy labeled bag with the nutritional info etc.

amazing waste of resources.


13 posted on 11/04/2013 9:34:35 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander

I just get normal store brand bread. One loaf in one bag.


14 posted on 11/04/2013 10:02:19 PM PST by christx30 (Freedom above all.)
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