Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

Washington state set to ban single-use plastic bags


Washington is on the verge of joining a global movement to ban single-use plastic bags, with legislation passing the state House of Representatives with bipartisan support on Saturday.

The bill would make Washington the ninth state to ban the bags, which are frequently seen stuck to trees, blowing about in litter and becoming tangled with marine life.

Bag bans have already passed in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont. Single-use plastic bags have already been banned in Seattle; Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Portland, Maine; and Boulder, Colorado. 

The 67-29 Washington House vote came in the week that New York's bag ban is taking effect. Seattle already has a ban in place. The ban was backed by 53 Democrats and 14 Republicans.

"Now, with the adoption in the Senate of the House's amendments, our bill is on the way to the Governor's desk," State Sen. Mona Das, D-47, posted on Monday.

The momentum is growing and results can be seen. The European Union has decided to ban all single-use plastic bags, a ban that kicks in next year. In Mexico, 22 states and Mexico City have enacted bans. A further ban in Mexico City against plastic cutlery, straws, cups and balloons takes effect in 2021.

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