Is it good­bye for plas­tic bags?

The UB Post - - Highlights Of 2018 -

The most re­silient en­emy of soil is plas­tic bag. The plas­tic bag prob­lem looms larger ev­ery day as they lit­ter our en­vi­ron­ment and kill land an­i­mals and en­dan­gered marine life. The whole world is tak­ing strides to elim­i­nate the use of plas­tic bag and cut plas­tic waste, but the ef­fort has not been as fruit­ful as hoped.

Mon­go­lia too has joined this cause and has car­ried out projects and pro­grams aimed to raise aware­ness about the dis­ad­van­tages of plas­tic con­sump­tion. This sum­mer, the gov­ern­ment made an am­bi­tious de­ci­sion to ban plas­tic bags once and for all. The ban not pro­hibits not only use and sale but also im­port and pro­duc­tion of plas­tic bags thin­ner than 0.035 mil­lime­ters. How­ever, the thicker and more ex­pen­sive plas­tic bags will still be in use and the gov­ern­ment has promised to cut its use over time too.

The thin, ny­lon plas­tic bags were the first to be banned be­cause it is the most com­monly used type of plas­tic bag in Mon­go­lia that makes up the ma­jor­ity of plas­tic wastes. Ac­cord­ing to the Gen­eral Agency of Spe­cial­ized In­spec­tion, 40 per­cent of sup­ply of thin plas­tic bag sup­ply has al­ready been cut down to date.

The ban will come into ef­fect on March 1, 2019.

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