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November 26, 2020

WA Plastic Bag Ban: Why compostable bin liners are the future in the commercial cleaning industry

While plastic bags are convenient and have become a part of our lives for a long time, they pose a significant problem for the environment. Commercial contract cleaners, facility managers and domestic households can make a large difference to improve the environment when switching to compostable plastic bags. Why Are Plastic Bags Bad for The Environment? Plastic bags and bin liners are one of the most common types of litter and build-ups of plastic bags have a myriad of effects including the death of over 100,000 marine animals and a million of seabirds from consumption annually. Plastic production and incineration could be responsible for over 56 gigatons of carbon between now and 2050. And annual CO2 emissions from plastics could grow to be more than 2.75 billion tonnes every year. (Joyce, C). Plastic bags take up to 500 or more years to degrade in landfills but do not completely degrade but rather become microplastics that continue to pollute the environment and enter our food supply (biologicaldiversity.org) What Is the Plastic Bag Ban? With the long-term environmental impacts of plastic bags becoming more known, government bodies and environmental groups are looking to ban single-use plastics such as plastic bags. For example,...
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