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Submitting the first nationwide shopping bag ban ordinance, Kameoka, Kyoto

2020-02-21T17:24:35.699Z

Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture has banned the provision of plastic shopping bags at retail outlets in an attempt to reduce plastic waste and preserve the environment.



Filed the first nationwide shopping bag ban ordinance Kyoto Kameoka Feb. 21, 13:13

Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture, submitted the first nationwide ordinance prohibiting the provision of plastic shopping bags at retail stores etc. to the parliament opened on the 21st to reduce plastic waste and preserve the environment. did.

In Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture, plastic garbage has become prominent in the Hozu River, which is known for its river descent, and there is concern that it will affect the natural environment and tourism.

In an attempt to remedy this situation, Kameoka City has submitted to the parliament, which began on May 21, an ordinance banning the provision of plastic shopping bags. The ordinance prohibits the provision of plastic shopping bags at supermarkets, convenience stores, and shops, even if charged, and also prohibits the free provision of paper bags that are easily disassembled into water or soil.

In the event of a violation of the ordinance, the city can conduct on-site inspections and make recommendations for improvement, and there are penalties for announcing the name of the company.

The government plans to require retailers nationwide to pay for shopping bags from July, but according to Kameoka City, it will be the first time in Japan if an ordinance that prohibits the provision of shopping bags even if paid is established.

On the other hand, businesses and others have stated that they are “confusing,” and it is not specified in the draft regulations when to ban.

"We are inconvenienced, but 70% of the citizens agree, and I think we have gained a certain understanding," said Kameoka City Mayor Takahiro Katsurakawa. And talk.

Source: nhk

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