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Italy to ban plastic shopping bags on January 1

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Italy to ban plastic shopping bags on January 1

MILAN | Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:23am EST

MILAN (Reuters Life!) - Italy, one of the top users of plastic shopping bags in Europe, is banning them starting January 1, with retailers warning of chaos and many stores braced for the switch.

Italian critics say polyethylene bags use too much oil to produce, take too long to break down, clog drains and easily spread to become eye sores and environmental hazards.

Italians use about 20 billion bags a year -- more than 330 per person -- or about one-fifth of the total used in Europe, according to Italian environmentalist lobby Legambiente.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BS1ZJ20101229

Also see:
http://www.lifeinitaly.com/news/italy-bans-plastic-shopping-bags
http://in.news.yahoo.com/italy-ban-plastic-shopping-bags-jan-

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