Use of plastic bags plummets after introduction of charges in Greece

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Use of plastic bags plummets after introduction of charges in GreeceData for January 2018 showing a 75-80 pct drop in the use of lightweight plastic bags in comparison with January 2017

New laws obliging retailers to charge for plastic carrier bags have caused a sharp decline in their use at supermarkets during the first month of the law's implementation, the Research Institute of Retail Consumer Goods (IELKA) reported on Tuesday, according to ANA.

According to its findings, implementation of the measure is strict and universal in supermarkets, with data for January 2018 showing a 75-80 pct drop in the use of lightweight plastic bags in comparison with January 2017. This was combined with a 5,000 pct rise in the sales of reusable shopping bags.

IELKA estimates that this translates into the entry of nearly 2.5-3.0 million new reusable bags on the market, with two in three households opting for their use rather than paying for a disposable plastic bag.

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