Chinese government bans free plastic shopping bags

Great idea! Most plastic bags don’t get recycled, so they end up choking landfills. Paper bags hold more, and they are biodegradable. — PID

January 10, 2008 (AP) — The regulation comes only about 15 years after shopkeepers started handing out cheap, flimsy plastic bags to customers. But “white pollution,” a reference to the color of many of the bags, has cluttered landfills and become a constant eyesore. Full Report