In Brief

The capital city moves aggressively against pollution.

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.

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