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Bangladesh

  Bangladesh

  • The country of Bangladesh banned plastic bags in March of 2002.

Dhaka

  Dhaka

  • Dhaka, Bangladesh banned plastic bags in January of 2002.

Bhutan

  Bhutan

  • The country of Bhutan banned plastic bags in June of 2005. They did this to help reduce litter and thus raise the national happiness quotient.

China

  China

  • In January 2008, the country of China imposed a ban on specific plastic bags and also imposed a minimum thickness rule.

HongKong

  Hong Kong

  • In Hong Kong, China a tax or charge is levied on plastic bags.

India

  India

  • In 2002, the Indian government mandated a thickness rule on plastic bags. All bags must be greater than 20 microns in thickness. This rule was implemented to reduce malaria outbreaks, aid in storm water runoff management also to prevent the sacred cows of India from inadvertently ingesting plastic bags.  [updated 02-05-09]

Delhi

  Delhi

  • In January 2009, the city of Delhi, India announced a ban on the use, storage and sale of all plastic bags. There are heavy fines for violators while citizens and visitors are encouraged to use alternative material bags such as jute, cotton, recycled-paper and compostable bags.

• In September 2012, the Delhi Cabinet approved a ban on the storage, sale, use and manufacture of plastic bags within the city’s limits. Previously, there was a prohibition on the use, storage and sale of plastic bags only within commercial areas. The new ban includes all plastic bags and all plastic sheets, films or covers for packaging books, magazines or cards.  [updated 10-09-12]

Maharashtra

  Maharashtra

  • In June 2005, the government in the state of Maharashtra enacted a plastic bag ban. This was done in response to localized flooding that was caused by plastic bags clogging waterways.  [added 02-05-09]
Mumbai

  Mumbai

  • As of January 2010 the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has begun pilot programs to ban plastic bags in Mumbai and will be proposing an amendment in the State Government to ban all plastic bags, not just those that are below 50 microns in thickness.  [added 03-11-10]

Israel

  Israel

  • In June 2008, the Israeli government enacted a tax or charge upon plastic bags.

Maldives

  Maldives

 
Baa Atoll

  Baa Atoll

  • In 2009, Baa Atoll initiated "Say no to plastic bags," a campaign that distributes cloth bags to all residents.  [added 07-27-09]

Philippines

  Philippines

  • In 2007 SB1443 was introduced to the Senate that would have created the Plastic Bag Recycling Act. This bill was left pending in committee.  [added 12-01-09]

• In 2008, bill 4134 was introduced to House legislature that would place an excise tax on non-biodegradable plastic bags. All money generated from the tax would be used to support government initiated environmental protection programs. This bill was referred to committees and is pending there as of June 2009.  [updated 12-01-09]

Taiwan

  Taiwan

  • In Taiwan, a plastic bag ban and tax or charge was enacted in January 2003.

United Arab Emirates

  United Arab Emirates

  • The United Arab Emirates have voted to ban plastic bags by the end of 2012/beginning of 2013.  The emirates plan to utilize education campaigns to help the public prepare for the transition.  Some of the emirates are acting earlier; Ajman has banned the production of non-biodegradable bags within the emirate starting June 1, 2010.   [added 01-22-10]








Information about retail bag regulation activities is changing constantly.  We welcome your input.  If you have additional sources, or updates to current information on this website, please email
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Last updated: September 09, 2013

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