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The war on plastic bags: Rome engages (finally) in opening skirmish PDF Print E-mail
Mar 24, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Image Rome city authorities are saying they want to get a head start in the war on non biodegradable plastic bags. The ban on the sale of such bags is set to take effect at the beginning of 2011 when a European Union directive on the subject - EN 13432 - becomes law here. Starting on March 8, a series of outdoor stations (but I have not seen this with my own eyes ) organized by AMA, the Rome sanitation department, began distributing, free of charge, thousands of "alternative" re-usable bags, capable of holding up to seven kilos of weight (about 15 pounds) in recycled paper. Those accepting the bags will also be asked to respond to a ten-point questionnaire designed to test consumer habits an awareness.

This is long overdo, considering that in the city of Rome alone some 1.6 billion plastic bags, most of which are not biodegradable, were used by shoppers in a year and the Italian government had yet to come up with a national plan for leading to the progressive elimination of this kind of plastic bag.
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