Knesset Approves Bill Charging Shoppers for Plastic Bags


plastic-bagEvery Israeli has a bunch of them rolled up under the kitchen sink. But all that is about to change.

Those ubiquitous plastic bags from the supermarket: it seems every Israeli has a bunch of them rolled up under the kitchen sink, because you never know when they’ll come in handy. But all that is about to change.

The Knesset approved Monday night in the first reading a bill that sets a price tag of 30 agorot for each of the bags, which were handed out free until now. The bill has been relayed to the Economics Committee, which is tasked with preparing it for the second and third readings in the coming weeks.

The bill also determines that every household will receive seven reusable and recyclable cloth bags, for use instead of the plastic bags. The Ministry of Environmental Protection will launch a media campaign a few weeks from now, and call on the public to scale back the use of plastic bags, or “nylon bags” as they are usually referred to in Israel.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

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  1. Laughable. What difference does it make. Only thing free in Israel until now was FREE BAGS. Now this will put the cost of living up again. Already well out-priced over most of Europe. Seems like the Knnesat has nothing better to do with their time. How about them voting to return family allowances to poor people. That would be using their time for something more useful.

  2. #1 Shimon, so right. People will learn to have some saved plastic bags in their pockets if those reusable bags will not be be usable anymore.