The World Resources Institute points to a couple of key flaws in legislation that is resulting in these plastic bag bans having a lesser impact than expected, these include:
- Countries failing to regulate plastic through its lifecycle
- Countries favouring partial bands over full bans
- Countries not including bans/restrictions on plastic bag manufacturing/production
- Exemptions and exceptions in legislation
- Incentives not offered for alternatives to single-use plastic bags
And as the single-use plastics bans extend into other product categories, such as straws, food containers, plastic lined cups and bottles, concerns are that, as with the plastic bag ban, this legislation may not be comprehensive enough to have a real impact.
With plastic production still increasing, our vision for 2020 is that there will be more emphasis placed on dealing with plastics at the end of their life, such as actively encouraging recycling of plastics, as well as finding and promoting real alternatives.