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Panama Becomes First Central U.S. Nation to Ban Plastic Bags

Pharmacies, Supermarkets, and retailers in the Panama region must stop using traditional polyethylene plastic bags immediately, while wholesale stores will have until 2020 to conform to the policy accept in 2018. The charge can be applied for non-compliance, but there is an individual case for the use of plastic bags for sanitary reasons, such as with raw food, etc.

On the streets of Panama City, signs with the words “fewer bags, more life” reminded passers-by that the measure had gone into effect.

“This seems like because you avoid continuing to pollute the streets and the community,” stated Victoria Gomez, a 42-year-previous secretary in the Panama City.

Birds and aquatic animals often become entangled or ingest the remnants of plastic bags in Latin America, one of the most biodiverse regions on the earth. Along Panama’s coast, it is usual to see plastic waste littering seashores, especially near populated areas.

Given projected growth in consumption, without new anti-pollution policies, oceans are expected by 2050 to contain more plastics than fish by weight, according to the New Plastics Economy report published by Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2016. The report also found that the entire plastics industry will consume 20% of total oil production by then.

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