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U.N Official Seeks Global Ban on Plastic Bags

Posted on Jun 9, 2009
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All that glitters is not gold: A sea of plastic bags in a landfill.

The U.N.‘s top environmental official has called for a global ban on plastic bags, declaring: “There is simply zero justification for manufacturing them anymore, anywhere.” The ban is currently being tested in China, and already exists in the city of San Francisco. Los Angeles will hop on the environmental bandwagon in 2010.

The Kansas City Star:

Single-use plastic bags, a staple of American life, have got to go, the United Nations’ top environmental official said Monday.

Although recycling bags is on the rise in the United States, an estimated 90 billion thin bags a year, most used to handle produce and groceries, go unrecycled. They were the second most common form of litter after cigarette butts at the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup Day sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, a marine environmental group.

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By Inherit The Wind, June 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, June 9 at 6:31 pm #

By Inherit The Wind, June 9 at 5:53 pm #

For the massive amount of garbage you dispense I can see where that would pose a problem.

Oh, you’re a regular Henny Youngman!

Those bags are full with all the trash I’ve put up with here at TD.

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By Kaelieh, June 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment
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Seriously? NOW can we get out of the U.N.? I reuse all my plastic bags from the market to line all my trash cans.

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By PatrickHenry, June 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

By Inherit The Wind, June 9 at 5:53 pm #

For the massive amount of garbage you dispense I can see where that would pose a problem.

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By Inherit The Wind, June 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

And just how are we supposed to dispose of the massive amount of garbage generated during a “spring cleaning”? We’re doing a remodeling and I have about 9 big, black contractor-size bags full of throw-aways.  What the hell am I supposed to do with that?

Why not bio-d bags that do NOT pollute?  If they existed I’d use ‘em.

But sometimes you want the bag to go into the landfill just as it is and STAY that way, keep that yard of trash out of the ecology.

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By Blackspeare, June 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

Contrary to popular opinion, plastic bags so described in this article have a myriad of uses.  From garbage and trash can liners, to long term storage receptacles, to protective covers for a variety of items.  And since such a plastic bag fits nicely over one’s head with little free space, sealing the bag with duct tape around one’s neck lead to a relatively quick and clean demise——just think of others and put towels under you to sop up expected bodily releases.  Gee, is this a bit too morbid for this time of day??

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