Earth911.com tours the largest plastic bag recycling facility in the world, the Hilex Poly plant in North Vernon, Indiana to see what happens to plastic bags once they arrive at the facility. Pretty fascinating!
Hawaii recently became the first state to ban single-use plastic bags throughout the entire state. The new law will ban all non-recyclable paper and non-biodegradable plastic bags effective July 1, 2015. 2015 seems like a long time away, but it’s a step towards progress.
“This is really getting people to change their behaviors and that’s one of the most difficult things to do frequently and we hope people are going to understand that,” says Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle who signed the ban last week.
According to EcoWatch, the ban was not done by the state legislature, but instead by all four County Councils—a great example of local activists and decision makers addressing the serious issue of plastic pollution.
We applaud Hawaii for being the first state to ban plastic bags and hope that their actions will set the stage for other states to follow.