Environmental Affairs Minister Yair Peretz is moving ahead with his bill to eliminate or at least sharply curtail the use of plastic bags in Israel. Peretz cites on his Facebook page that two billion plastic bags are used in Israel annually and he feels this is excessive and has a permanent negative impact on our environment.
He feels that his bill will result in a sharp decline in the use of bags as consumers will be charged 60 agorot per bag. He is confident that shoppers will become accustomed to reusing bags and shifting over to reusable cloth and nylon bags instead of the disposable plastic bags.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)