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Bruxelles Environnement | Brussels plans to ban single-use plastic shopping bags

 Bruxelles Environnement

The Brussels-Capital Region’s minister for environment, Céline Fremault, has announced that she will introduce a ban on single-use plastic shopping bags at supermarkets, she told the Brussels parliament’s environment committee.

Fremault said that a consensus had been reached among all parties – except for MR, who were not present for the debate – that throw-away plastic bags should be banned. Multiple-use bags, paid for by customers and replaced for free when they are worn out, however, would be encouraged. The Jette municipality banned single-use bags last year but had to withdraw the measure when the Council of State ruled it was not a decision individual municipalities could take. Elsewhere, the major supermarket chains are encouraging customers to find alternatives by charging for single-use bags and selling multiple-use bags.

“I am delighted that the minister has decided to make a point of banning throw-away plastic bags,” said Groen member of parliament Annemie Maes. “However, at some point she has to turn that decision into action.”Maes suggested a pilot project in municipalities that were ready to introduce the ban. One possibility, she said, was Anderlecht, where the Abattoir shopping centre implemented its own ban.

Source: www.flanderstoday.eu

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