BATTLE AGAINST CORONAVIRUS WITH PLASTIC BAGS
Although the US has no national plastic bag fees or prohibitions currently in effect, some regions of California, the provinces of Hawaii, New York, Oregon, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have banned disposable bags. In addition, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, and Vermont have passed laws prohibiting disposable bags that will come into force in 2020 or 2021. However, the USA, which has not been very successful in combating coronavirus, has sought additional measures and solutions. One of these solutions has become the subject of controversy with the suspension of the plastic bag ban in Maine.
To combat the spread of Covid-19, Maine lawmakers voted to delay the enforcement of the government’s ban on disposable plastic bags until January 15, 2021. This voting was an important part of a major action plan to control the spread of Covid-19. Maine’s decision has called for the withdrawal or removal of existing or planned disposable plastic bag bans, with an increasing number of politicians, public policy analysts, plastics industry leaders and supporters. Emphasizing that disposable plastic bags are very important in the fight against coronavirus, the New York Senate has taken important steps by taking additional steps to suspend the ban on the plastic bag that came into force on March 1 and saying no to policies that could lead to additional cases at the moment. With the withdrawal of the prohibitions, the food chains and food and beverage sector seem to be quite relieved. They can present their products with care and confidence in every order. Some cities powered by these examples have paused or are considering bans on disposable plastics and related products. Brooklyn stopped its ban on MA polystyrene containers. Waterville mayor Nick Isgro urged city leaders to suspend the local ban put in disposable plastic bags last year.
In recent years, an increasing number of cities, municipalities, states, and even countries have attempted to issue bans on disposable plastic bags. Although it is part of an effort to reduce plastic bag litter and pollution, these bans suggest that bans are ineffective in achieving this. Prohibition supporters argue that bag pollution impairs the natural habitat and poses a danger to wildlife. However, it should not be forgotten that no plastic walks, does not jump into the sea by itself, or does not place itself in nature. The coronavirus has become a pandemic that has shaken the world when people come together with animals that they will never meet and consume them as a food. The use of plastics is also reflected as a problem due to the unconscious behavior of people. Parties who advocate the ban should actually complain about human beings, not plastic. In the fight against coronavirus, we hope that disposable packaging and pouches are accepted as a struggle plan at the US borders, the results are received with a positive contribution, normalization of life or the prohibitions are re-evaluated when returning in the new normal life.