Second Argentina province to ban non-biodegradable plastic bags

05 November 2009 18:43  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The Córdoba province in Argentina has approved a law mandating the gradual substitution in business and industry of conventional plastic bags with biodegradable ones, local news reports said on Thursday.

The law approved by the Córdoba legislature on Wednesday night makes Córdoba the second province of Argentina to adopt such an action.

The province of Buenos Aires approved a similar law in September.

The measure was unanimously approved and establishes that supermarkets, smaller grocery stores, commerce and industry in general will have one year to comply with the total replacement of conventional plastic bags.

The new bags will be made with a special additive that will make them degradable in one to three years, sponsors of the legislation explained.

The Environment Secretary will be the authority in charge of informing the public as well as determining the value of fines to be applied to those who do not abide by the law in due time.

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