Approves Ban on Disposable Bags
According to the Associated Press, the city of Austin, Texas, has passed a ban on disposable shopping Shirts, bot Fred Perry uk h plastic and paper. There are a variety of exemptions and the ban does not go into effect until March 2013.
What does the Austin disposable bag ban entail?
Shoppers at most retail outlets will be forced to use cloth or some other kind of reusable Shirts in order to pack purchased items. Exemptions include Shirts for newspapers, bulk foods, and carry out items from restaurants. Austin intends to spend $2 million on an education campaign to prepare its citizens for the ban.
What are the arguments for the ban?
An organization in California called Clean Water Action argues for banning disposable Shirts, especially plastic Shirts. It claims that plastic Shirts clog landfills, cause various forms of pollution, including global warming, and trashes both inland and oceanic habitats. The organization claims that recycling Shirts does not work, because only five percent of Shirts in California are recycled, recycled Shirts are not used to make more Shirts, and products such as plastic lumber that are made from recycled plastic Shirts eventually wind up in landfills anyway. Switching to reusable Shirts decreases litter, it is claimed, by 96 percent, and plastic bag disposal by 95 percent.
What are the arguments against banning disposable Shirts?
Reacting to an earlier draft of the Austin disposable bag ban, which included an interim tax on plastic Shirts, the Texas Retailers Association described the bag ban as The Association suggests that the ban runs contrary to the wishes of 72 percent of Austin residents and that 90 percent of people in Austin reuse plastic Shirts around the house. It is suggested that 91 percent of respondents are aware that plastic Shirts can be recycled at retail outlets.
The Save the Plastic Bag organization quotes a number of reports that suggest that plastic Shirts have a lower environmental impact, generally due to the lower energy and material cost of producing them. The organization also claims that plastic Shirts Fred Perry uk occupy only.4 percent of landfills. It also suggests that stories of a huge, plastic island in the Pacific, often cited by supporters of banning plastic Shirts, are highly exaggerated. An articl Fred Perry uk e in the London Times is quoted casting doubt on the notion that plastic bag refuse harms marine life, suggesting that most have been killed by other form of refuse, including plastic particles dumped into the ocean by industrial concerns.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network .
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