Japanese Minister of Economy Hiroshige Seko announced that his government plans to prevent retailers from giving plastic bags for free from April next year in an effort to address the pollution of the oceans caused by plastic waste.
“The pollution of the oceans caused by plastic waste is a global issue that needs to be addressed by the public and private sectors,” Seko said at the meeting of energy and environment ministers of the G-20 countries, which kicked off Saturday in central Nagano Prefecture. Make a quick decision to apply fee measures on plastic bags starting in April 2020.
According to the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), the government will also quickly determine the type of plastic bags and raw materials to be banned, as well as consider measures to protect small and medium-sized enterprises.
It is the first time the ban has been announced since the Japanese government declared a recycling strategy for plastic waste last month.