To coincide with European Waste Prevention Week, the Council’s environment department is launching a campaign to make the public think more about reducing the use of plastic bags to do their daily shopping.
This means from 1 December, everyone can pick up a cotton bag at one of the city’s Green Points. They are foldable, practical and easy to carry around. 300,000 of them are being given out.
Barcelona uses 4 million plastic bags and Catalonia 14 million. Each bag has an average life of 15 minutes but can take 500 years to decompose. In fact, plastic bags represent 22% of urban waste.
Barcelona’s environmental protection programme (Agenda 21) has as one of its aims reducing waste production and increasing recycling.
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