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BEIJING, June 1 (Reuters) - China on Sunday became the latest country to declare war on plastic bags in a drive to save energy and protect the environment.
Under new regulations, flimsy bags under 0.025 millimetres thick are banned and shopkeepers must charge for carrier bags. Those found breaking the law face fines and could have their goods confiscated.
Shoppers in downtown Beijing and in Internet chatrooms seemed largely sympathetic to the idea. China, which gets through three billion plastic bags a day, is increasingly aware of the damage to the environment caused by its breakneck growth.
"Sorry, I can't give you a plastic bag. It's illegal from today," said one young woman, Zhang Lihua, who was selling cosmetics in a department store in the capital.
Originally posted by Quazga
Wow! Who would have thought China would be progressive? I ran into this at Ikea here in Atlanta the other day. I had to pay .05 cents a bag. Now, I'm not sure how that will help the problem, because I really don't mind paying for my bags, but the bags will still end up someplace after I trash them.