05 Jul '18, 6pm

Plastics Industry Loses Legal Bid Against Chile's Landmark Bag Ban

Chile's Constitutional Court ratified a bill that bans plastic bags across the country after rejecting an appeal from the plastics industry. Last month, Chile's Congress unanimously approved the ban in order to protect the environment and especially the ocean . Shortly after, the Santiago-based Association of Industrial Plastics (Asipla) launched a legal challenge to overturn the legislation, saying it was unconstitutional. On Tuesday, the court determined the legislation was in line with the constitution, thereby paving the way for Chile to become the first country in the Americas to prohibit retailers from handing out plastics bags. "We are very pleased with the court's decision, it was the last stage for the enactment of this law," said environment minister Marcela Cubillos, according to AFP . In a tweet , the Ministry of Environment noted that the court's green light o...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-bags-chile-court-2584079...

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