Swiss parliament votes for bag ban

David Vink

Published: December 14, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Sustainability, Public Policy, Film & Sheet

BERNE, SWITZERLAND (Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. ET) — Switzerland’s federal parliament has accepted a motion proposing to ban single-trip plastic shopping bags. The motion was introduced by Dominique de Buman, a member of the lower chamber of the federal parliament (Nationalrat).

In a Dec. 14 news release, the KVS Swiss plastics industry association said it regrets the decision, especially as arguments against the motion were presented by the federal council (Bundesrat) and an advisory commission.

KVS said: “This means setting off a legislative process to regulate a problem that does not exist in Switzerland. The parliament has opened up yet another area where it can patronize citizens and consumers – in this case without any recognizable benefits.”

The association points out that the plastic bags affected, which are issued free-of-charge in shops, only represent 0.5 percent of the total amount of plastics used in Switzerland.

KVS said the Swiss waste management system ensures 99 percent of all plastic waste arising in the country is already recycled or is used for thermal recovery for electricity generation or long-distance heating.

KVS criticized the motion for its suggestion that dioxins are emitted during incineration of plastic bags. It said: “Dioxins are compounds with groups containing chlorine, while the polyethylene used to make plastic bags contains no chlorine. Therefore, no dioxin arises in incineration.”

The association said Switzerland’s waste management system serves as an international example of best practice. It is a bad message to send “that we can’t manage plastic bags, as we are discrediting ourselves as problem solvers if we have no other solution for plastic bags than to prohibit them,” said KVS.


Comments

Swiss parliament votes for bag ban

David Vink

Published: December 14, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

RPC expansion provides the space needed for continued growth

September 22, 2014 11:46 am ET

MORGANTOWN, PA. — Success, over time, created a challenge for RPC Bramlage-Wiko USA Inc. in this rural Eastern Pennsylvania town....    More

Image

The milk man will be toting plastic bottles to UK homes in the future

September 22, 2014 11:17 am ET

The United Kingdom's largest dairy company is about to replace its final glass bottles with plastic.    More

Image

Poland's Boryszew to work with Mitsui on lightweight auto parts

September 22, 2014 10:12 am ET

European plastics car parts maker Boryszew Group has signed a letter of intent to work with the Japanese investment and trading conglomerate Mitsui & ...    More

Image

Dunkin' Donuts looking at PP to replace foam cups

September 19, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Dunkin' Donuts is testing a new polypropylene coffee cup that the company believes could help boost recycling.    More

Image

Study: 75 percent of Australia's ocean debris is plastic

September 18, 2014 7:48 pm ET

About 75 percent of the trash found in the waters off Australia's beaches is plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than sea-born...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events