On Saturday, July 20 Panama became the first country in Central America to ban the use of plastic bags in retail outlets to help reduce environmental pollution.
Supermarkets were doing a brisk sale of re-usable bags, on sale for as little as 70 cents.
It was a first step with other plans to limit single-use of plastic items like drinking straws and disposable cutlery. Panama environmental groups said they will present more bills to protect the environment.
Some 300 officials of the Consumer Protection Authority (Acodeco) were out across the country ensuring compliance with the new rules, and ready to level sanctions
Over 80 countries are planning similar steps. Canada, for example, will prohibit the use of plastic bags, cigarettes, cutlery and plastic stirring sticks in 2021.
The objective is to eliminate harmful waste that damages ecosystems, especially marine life.
Polyethylene degrades very quickly, contrary to this article. Plastic bags are a non-problem.
Really? A waste of regulators time given all the other things they might be working on for health and safety.