Mexico City likely to veto penalties for using plastic bags

07/17/2010

A few weeks before legislation banning plastic bags from all commercial establishments is slated to take effect in Mexico City, plastics industry leaders appear to have wrung a major concession from local politicians.

The head of the Mexico City government is likely to veto the introduction of penalties for bag use, even if the city’s Legislative Assembly sanctions them, the president of Mexico’s national plastics industry association, Eduardo Martínez Hernández, said late July 15.

“And if there are no penalties, the law doesn’t exist,” Martínez told Plastics News. The penalties, including prison sentences and heavy fines, are due to...
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