An ordinance regulating the USAGE OF PLASTIC BAGS

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Plastic bags have been introduced in 1970’s and gained an increasing popularity amongst consumers and retailers. They are available in huge numbers and varieties across the world. It is estimated that around 500 billion plastic bags are used every year worldwide. That’s a lot of bags. So many that over one million bags are being used every minute. This widespread utilization is attributed to their cheapness and convenience use. The vast majority of these bags are discarded as wastes usually after a single use. It is also believed that after their entry into environment, plastic bags can persist up to 1000 years without being decomposed by sunlight and/or microorganisms.

Accumulation of plastic bags wastes causes environmental pollution that can be manifested in a number of ways. One of the problems is deterioration of natural beauty of an environment. Another common problem associated with these wastes is blockage of sewage system and becoming a common problem in cities. This, in turn, creates foul smells and favourable habitats for mosquitoes and other vectors that could spread a large number of diseases such as encephalitis, dengue fever and malaria. Furthermore, in several poor and developing  countries, these bags are frequently used to carry food items.

We believe, it is about time that the local government should take part in protecting the environment. We chose this issue because, We think that this issue should be taken seriously not only because it will affect us but the next generation as well.



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