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    THE global battle against plastic has taken a draconian turn with officials in Delhi announcing that the penalty for carrying a polythene shopping bag would be five years in prison.

    Officials in India's capital have decided that the only way to stem the rising tide of rubbish is to outlaw the plastic shopping bag. According to the official note on Friday, the "use, storage and sale" of plastic bags of any kind or thickness will be banned.

    The new guideline means that customers, shopkeepers, hoteliers and hospital staff face a 100,000 rupee ($A3000) fine and possible jail time for using non-biodegradable bags.

    Delhi has been steadily filling up with plastic bags in recent years as the economy has boomed and Western-style shopping malls have sprung up in the city.

    There are no reliable figures on bag use, but environmentalists say more than 10 million are used in the capital every day.

    Not only are the streets littered with them, but polythene takes hundreds of years to decompose and increases demand for oil, which is used to make plastics.

    To begin with, the ban will be lightly enforced, giving people time to switch to jute, cotton, recycled-paper and compostable bags. Officials said it would be up to the courts to decide on how harsh a sentence an offender might face and refused to comment on the chances of shoppers going to jail.

    "Delhi has a population of 16 million, which means we cannot enforce (the new law) overnight," said J. K. Dadoo, Delhi's top environment official. "But we want people to understand that they will not get away with (using plastic bags). If they choose to defy the law repeatedly, then the court has the measures necessary to fit."

    Civil servants said that punitive measures were needed after a law prohibiting all but the thinnest plastic bags with sides no thicker than 0.04millimetres was ignored.

    Environmentalists said these bags were too expensive as they were not made in India, and called for an injunction against all polythene.

    Green groups welcomed the tough new measures. "I think you need a deterrent," said Sanjiv Goyal, of Greenpeace.

    "It might run into trouble if the punishment is too stiff but it may be the incentive required to change people's behaviour. It shows you what can happen with enough political will and commitment."

    Shop owners had long complained that there were no viable alternatives for plastic bags. But authorities appear to have been swayed by arguments that plastic bags are clogging drains, creating breeding grounds for malaria and dengue fever.

    There is ample evidence that prohibition can work; poor countries such as Rwanda, Bhutan and Bangladesh all have bans.

    The first targets in Delhi will be the industrial units that manufacture the plastic bags in the capital, which officials say will be closed down.

    Bags may just be the start. Landfill sites and rubbish heaps, say green groups, are beginning to fill up with plastic packaging.

    Bangladesh was the first country to ban plastic bags in 2002 amid worries that they were blocking drains during the monsoon.

    Other countries have since moved to ban, discourage or promote the reuse of plastic bags, hundreds of billions of which are handed out free each year.

    Denmark and Ireland have both experimented with taxing plastic bags. Dublin said the tax, imposed in 2002, had reduced usage by more than 95 per cent.

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    Default Re: carrying a plastic bag in Delhi, India? be prepared for a fine and/or jail time!

    They got to start somewhere.

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    Default Re: carrying a plastic bag in Delhi, India? be prepared for a fine and/or jail time!

    let's all head back to stone age.
    have u seen the "light" yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    let's all head back to stone age.
    it ain't about that.....there is a problem with plastic bags in the country....india uses landfills.....and if you've ever visited a landfill site, you'll see plastic bags flying away!!!!

    it is blocking the sewage, killing wildlife, and probably a good proportion becomes part of the plastic ocean that is out in the pacific.......







    singapore burns all its rubbish...and then landfills all the ashes......but when you throw plastic away in other countries....think of the impact when it goes to landfill.....or doesn't

    here is a vid for u to watch http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XxNqzAHGXvs
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    Default Re: carrying a plastic bag in Delhi, India? be prepared for a fine and/or jail time!

    sometime ago there was the 10,000 boobs lost at sea!
    have u seen the "light" yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    sometime ago there was the 10,000 boobs lost at sea!
    are you watching porn SE?
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    Default Re: carrying a plastic bag in Delhi, India? be prepared for a fine and/or jail time!

    I for one am a Green bag user, ie I bring my own cloth bags to the supermarket to get some stuff. on the odd chance that I do not have them on me (like, happened to walk past a super and needed to get some stuff pronto, etc) then plastic bags will be used, unfortunately.

    as for those people who say that they use plastic bags to dispose off rubbish, consider getting proper bin liners that are not only biodegradable, but also a lot tougher when handled with refuse, plus most of them having baking soda "built" into them to cover the stench.
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    Might suggest cornstarch bags as dustbin liners. These are fully biodegradeable and strong.

    ref: about bags

    The only other thing that needs solving is what do supermarkets contain food in....cos most things are covered in plastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Ice View Post
    are you watching porn SE?
    oie, wad lah, tok bad about me har u!!

    there was a thread about it . really mah!
    have u seen the "light" yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    oie, wad lah, tok bad about me har u!!

    there was a thread about it . really mah!
    reference please.....
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    Default Re: carrying a plastic bag in Delhi, India? be prepared for a fine and/or jail time!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Ice View Post
    reference please.....
    I can't remember the reference, but it's a true story.

    it was some consignment for a lads mag in Australia (I think it was for Ralph), and it either got sunk or something happened to it, and hence 10,000 plastic boobs got lost.

    true story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terryansimon View Post
    I can't remember the reference, but it's a true story.

    it was some consignment for a lads mag in Australia (I think it was for Ralph), and it either got sunk or something happened to it, and hence 10,000 plastic boobs got lost.

    true story.
    DANGED!

    That gives new meaning to the question, "Have you got any plastic?" said the gold digger or "Plastic. Don't leave home without it!" for a lady's card.

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