In an ambitious move against waste and urban clutter, Mexico City has banned free plastic shopping bags.
The BBC reports:
A local official said the law was part of the city’s “Green Plan” and aimed to raise awareness of the environment.
“This won’t happen overnight,” Leticia Bonifaz Alfonso told the Efe news agency.
Officials estimate that people in Mexico City at present use more than 20 million plastic bags per day. They are blamed for many health and environmental hazards.
The new ban is backed with real consequences as well. City officials will have the authority to fine stores that don’t comply with the ban. But it doesn’t stop there; shop owners who ignore the ban could also face a 36-hour jail term.
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