Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Police state bans plastic bags in Burma

The Orwellian junta, or group of generals enforcing military rule in Burma are going least in the main city (no longer the capital) by banning plastic, according to state's media outlet.

RANGOON, Burma (AFP) — Authorities in Rangoon (now Yangon) have banned plastic bags, state media said Tuesday, in an attempt to stop non-degradable waste from polluting Burma's main city.

"Production of polythene bags and ropes, and storage and sale of those items at stores and groceries in the townships are not allowed starting from 22 April," the New Light of Myanmar [the state's propaganda] newspaper said.

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It said polythene bag factories that failed to close would lose their operating licenses and face legal action. The move comes two years after authorities in Burma's central city of Mandalay successfully prohibited polythene bags to protect the environment.

"It's a good idea. We use these bags everywhere too easily. Whenever I saw these unrecycled polythene bags in the garbage, I worry for our environment," said Mya Mya, a 60-year-old housewife in Rangoon. Some department stores in Rangoon sell recycled shopping bags, but most shoppers still use polythene bags.

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