What Are the Main Problems Associated with Using Plastic Bags? Identify Solutions to Reduce These Problems.

1052 Words Nov 13th, 2012 5 Pages
Module code: FC 5012T
Title: Skills for Study 1

Assignment question:
What are the main problems associated with using plastic bags? Identify solutions to reduce these problems.

Word count: 742
Tutor name: Bird, Marianne
City University Number: 110065767
Submission Date: 26/10/2011

Plastic bags have been used on a daily basis since 1977 (Williamson, 2003) as a means of carrying items such as groceries as they are not only convenient but also cheap. However, the over-use of plastic bags has posed significant threats to the environment in recent times as they are non-biodegradable and also a threat to wildlife. The primary reason for this concern is that plastics bags are not re-used, but simply disposed of in landfills.
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Many Asian and African countries, including China have also issued new policies on the banning of plastic bags (Ganster 2010 and Hill 2010).
Some countries are now making new, more environmentally-friendly paper bags. These bags are biodegradable which means will be able to biodegrade significantly faster compared to regular plastic bags. In Uganda, bags are now made out of banana leaves, making them more eco-friendly and are in themselves biodegradable (Hill 2010).
Countries such as the USA have now begun implementing recycling programmes. However, its success has been limited as such services are not yet widely available (McKinney and Schoch, 2003) and the plastic used in the production of these bags are not easily recyclable. In conclusion, the problems presented by such plastic bags lie throughout the production line: from the production process to the way in which plastic bags are overly consumed, through to the ways in which they are disposed of. Although several solutions have been implemented to mitigate the issues caused by plastic bags, there is still much to be done to reduce future, drastic consequences to both society and ultimately the environment.

Marquita K.Hill (2010). Understanding environmental pollution . 3rd ed. United Kingdom: Cambridge university press. p345-346.

Linda A.Mooney/ David Knox/ Caroline Schacht (2010). Understanding social problems. 7th ed. United states of America:

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