Brazil professor proposes fee for plastic bags

05 February 2008 23:55  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Retail consumers should pay a fee for each plastic bag they use, a prominent Brazilian academic said on Tuesday.

Brazilian legislators have been mulling ways to reduce build-up of solid waste from discarded polyethylene (PE) bags. One idea based on the experience of Europe is to encourage re-use of the bags by charging for them, Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) professor Haroldo Mattos de Lemos said in a state radio broadcast.

“You keep the bag to take with you the next time you go to the supermarket,” Mattos said in Portuguese. “That’s the right attitude.”

He suggested that supermarket bags could be manufactured to higher quality standards to make it possible to reuse them.

By: John Waggoner
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