Last year, Serbian shoppers used 4304.5 tonnes of plastic bags, which is 3,000 tonnes less than a year before, according to the Plastic Bags Report, published by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Of the total amount of plastic bags in circulation last year, 3912.9 tonnes contained additives for oxidation and biodegradation, says the report, which was drafted on the basis of the data entered by the users of the information system.
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Minister of Environmental Protection, Goran Trivan said in his statement to Tanjug that although the data sometimes varied, the results were encouraging because that testified to the fact that in people in Serbia had used considerably fewer plastic bags.
“In the end, no matter how much raw materials we imported, and how many plastic bags were produced and distributed in supermarket chains and shops, the most important thing is how many plastic bags were sold to the shoppers. Based on the data supplied by retail chains, they sold close to 70% less plastic bags relative to the period when they did not charge money for plastic bags”, Trivan added.
He estimated that the goal was achieved and added that he would like money that the shops generated from the sale of plastic bags to be used towards environmental protection.
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