Israel: Reduction of Plastic Waste

„A new law aimed at motivating Israelis to use environmentally friendly reusable bags at supermarkets has been passed, “ the national Ministry of Environmental Protection reported.

“The Knesset (Parliament) approved the law in a second and third reading on March 28th, after the Internal Affairs and Environment Committee unanimously agreed to put it before lawmakers.” The law puts a complete ban on distribution of „thin“ plastic bags, with a width of less than 20 microns.

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As of January 2017, Israelis will have to pay for plastic bags at large supermarket chains which will have to charge a fee for bags that are between 20 and 50 microns, and to note the charge on the customer‘s bill. The money that is paid for the bags will be transferred to the Ministry of Environmental Protection‘s Maintenance of Cleanliness Fund. It will be used to fund projects aimed at reducing air pollution throughout Israel.