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2003: thin plas­tic bags are banned, and thick plas­tic bags are taxed. Nei­ther mea­sure has helped much, as peo­ple con­tinue to get great prac­ti­cal use out of such bags. In the 1990s, the lit­ter caused by them was so wide­spread that the plas­tic bag was called the “new na­tional flower”.

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