Bag ban takes effect in Mexico City


Stiff penalties, including jail, for giving away non-biodegradable plastic bags in commercial establishments went into effect in Mexico City at a minute past midnight Aug. 18.

The law took effect because none of the amendments that Mexico’s plastics industry has lobbied for since the passing of the Ley de Residuos Sólidos (Solid Wastes Law) in March 2009 have been approved by the city’s Legislative Assembly.

Legislators could have convoked an extraordinary meeting of the assembly on Aug. 17 to debate and vote on a series of amendments proposed earlier in the day by several of the legislature’s commissions, according to Eduardo Martínez Hernández...
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