Asia

  • China: Banned the use of thin (less than 0.1025 mm thick) plastic bags in January 2008.
  • Taiwan: Taxes plastic bags.
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mumbai: Plastic bags are banned. Africa
  • Eritrea: Bans thin plastic bags.
  • Kenya: Plastic bags are banned.
  • South Africa: Banned thin plastic bags in 2003; thicker ones are taxed.
  • Uganda: Plastic bag ban in effect.
  • Rwanda: Thin plastic bags are banned. Oceania
  • Australia: Considering a ban on plastic bags.

Taken Iram: John Roach 'Ptastic-Sag Bans Gaining Momentum Around the World National Geographic, April 4, 2008.

The Chinese government has banned some types of plastic bags and charges customers a fee for the use of others. The Chinese were using 3 billion plastic bags a day. In some countries, reusable tote bags, like the one picture here, are used instead of plastic bags.

rationales for regulations against plastic bags often have been driven by very local concerns.

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