El Salvador: Proposal to Ban Plastic Bags

The proposed law presented in the Legislative Assembly establishes a period of one year for companies to replace the use of plastic bags with articles of other materials.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

The proposal to replace in the country the use of plastic bags made of polyethylene or conventional plastic with articles made of other materials, was presented by Representative Milena Mayorga from the party Arena.

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The legislator explained to Laprensagrafica.com.com that "... Companies would have at least one year to change plastic for an environmentally friendly or easily degradable material."

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Mayorga added that "... Climate change and its effects are a reality that affects all countries, for this reason El Salvador should not lag behind in taking actions that contribute to protecting the planet, urgently reduce the consumption of plastic and create a new environmental culture."

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