During the five months since Israel introduced a law requiring customers to pay retailers three cents per plastic bag, there has been an eighty percent drop in the use of such bags. According to figures released by the Environmental Ministry, the public used 55.5 million plastic bags in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 280 million bags in the last quarter of 2016. This was a drop of over 80 percent or of 230 million bags weighing 2,000 tons.
“Data indicates worldwide success in reducing the use of disposable bags,” said Environmental Minister Ze’ev Elkin. “I am proud of the Israeli public which has internalized this important matter and changed its supermarket behavior.”