22 July 2009 23:30 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--A Brazilian industry group on Wednesday blasted a new law in the state of Rio de Janeiro that will ban the use of plastic bags at food retailers over the next three years.
Brazil’s ABIEF, which represents 170 flexible plastic packaging producers, labeled the new law the product of “environmental proselytism”, which it said is becoming increasingly popular in Brazil.
Smaller businesses will have up to three years to comply.
Legislation aimed at banning plastic bags is also being considered in other Brazilian states.
ABIEF argued that plastic bags were being unfairly targeted and that the product itself did not harm the environment.
Littering is an education rather than a production problem, the association said.
According to ABIEF, plastic bags can be used as a source of energy when properly disposed.
Each kilogram of plastic resin can generate the energy equivalent to one litre of diesel oil, the association said.
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