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Cart Before the Horse?

Posted January 19, 2012 7:24 AM

Dubai consumers are at a loss for what to do with their oxo-biodegradable bags, which are not recyclable and break down only in special environments. Is it fair to impose new rules without education and infrastructure to support it?

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01/19/2012 9:57 AM

"Is it fair to impose new rules without education and infrastructure to support it?"

Is it fair? No. Is it the way that governments usually operate? Yes.

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01/20/2012 12:03 PM

Burn them.

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01/21/2012 3:58 AM

No it isn't fair or even for the common good.

There's nothing like being able to legislate a monopoly supply of something that doesn't do anything it should except make money for you.

I'll be bringing my own plastic bags to Dubai from now on.

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01/21/2012 10:22 AM

I was in germany in 1962 and No shopping bags were available in stores free of cost.

So people used cotton/ fiber bags domestically prepared, as we were using in Bangladesh, Bharat and Pakistan. Long life, secure, reusable, washable, economic, healthy, ...

Why here a lot of polythene bags in use except medicines?

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01/23/2012 4:18 PM

Why are so many "biodegradable green" products not the least bit biodegradable in normal and or natural conditions and so many "durable goods" products start falling apart and become totally useless within weeks to months when left out in the natural environment?

That is the "biodegradable bags" sit out exposed to the environment for years and do nothing yet my expensive "durable outdoor goods" tarps, lawn and garden equipment/tools start showing noticeable weathering and physical breakdown within a year or two of being made when left to the elements?

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01/24/2012 4:37 AM

In fact oxo-biodegradable bags are recyclable See http://www.biodeg.org/position-papers/recycling/?domain=biodeg.org so Dubai consumers should re-use and recycle their bags in the normal way and no special infrastructure is needed. The government has required the bags to be oxo-biodegradable because they know that they cannot collect all the plastic waste and some of it will escape into the sea or the desert, where it could blow or float around for decades. Oxo-biodegradable bags made with Symphony's d2w will convert quickly in a normal environment into a biodegradable material at the end of their useful life and will not leave any fragments of plastic. There is plenty of information about oxo-biodegradable plastic for those who want to know See www.biodeg.org and www.d2w.net.

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