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Draft Bill

#ChaoBolsasPlásticas is the invitation to launch the Draft Bill that seeks to ban the delivery of plastic bags of the commerce throughout the country. This is an initiative pushed by all political sectors, that seeks to minimize the misuse of plastics. This  law that has been in process for years.

The Ministry of Environment has put the will and strength to take this initiative forward, in order to have a regulation that allow us to generate awareness, change habits and reduce waste generation as soon as possible.

Check the bill here

Article 3° Section 2 of Law N° 19.896. Draft bill subject to the approval of the National Congress.

The Congress

The concern for the impact of plastic bags in our ocean is transversal and, therefore, through the years, dozens of parliamentarians have promoted projects that seek to limit the use of these elements in our country.

  • Sebastián Álvarez Ramírez
  • Pepe Auth Stewart
  • Jaime Bellolio Avaria
  • Gabriel Boric Font
  • Karol Cariola Oliva
  • Álvaro Carter Fernández
  • Loreto Carvajal Ambiado
  • Juan Antonio Coloma Álamos
  • Fidel Espinoza Sandoval
  • Maya Fernández Allende
  • Iván Flores García
  • Sergio Gahona Salazar
  • Cristina Girardi Lavín
  • Javier Hernández Hernández
  • Issa Kort Garriga
  • Joaquín Lavín León
  • Patricio Melero Abaroa
  • Vlado Mirosevic Verdugo
  • Manuel Monsalve Benavides
  • Celso Morales Muñoz
  • Cristhian Moreira Barros
  • Jaime Mulet Martínez
  • Nicolás Noman Garrido
  • Daniel Núñez Arancibia
  • Jorge Sabag Villalobos
  • Gustavo Sanhueza Dueñas
  • Alejandra Sepúlveda Orbenes
  • Gabriel Silber Romo
  • Guillermo Teillier Del Valle
  • Renzo Trisotti Martínez
  • Enrique Van Rysselberghe Herrera
  • Gastón Von Mühlenbrock Zamora
  • Isabel Allende Bussi
  • Francisco Chahuán Chahuán
  • Alfonso De Urresti Longton
  • Guido Girardi Lavín
  • Carolina Goic Boroevic
  • Alejandro Navarro Brain
  • David Sandoval Plaza
  • Enrique Accorsi Opazo
  • Miguel Ángel Alvarado Ramírez
  • Nelson Ávila Contreras
  • Eugenio Bauer Jouanne
  • Cristián Campos Jara
  • Fuad Chahin Valenzuela
  • Marcelo Chávez Velásquez
  • Felipe De Mussy Hiriart
  • Rojo Edwards Silva
  • Marco Enríquez-Ominami Gumucio
  • Alvaro Escobar Rufatt
  • Ramón Farías Ponce
  • Iván Fuentes Castillo
  • Guido Girardi Briere
  • Gustavo Hasbún Selume
  • Antonio Horvath Kiss
  • Felipe Letelier Norambuena
  • Juan Lobos Krause
  • Andrea Molina Oliva
  • Juan Enrique Morano Cornejo
  • Carlos Ominami Pascual
  • Osvaldo Palma Flores
  • Lily Pérez San Martín
  • Jaime Pilowsky Greene
  • Karla Rubilar Barahona
  • Roberto Sepúlveda Hermosilla
  • Patricio Vallespín López
  • Patricio Walker Prieto

In Chile, there are

92

cities and towns that already applied this measure, which have ordinances and municipal agreements that regulate the delivery of plastic bags in commerce.

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Your opinion

Results of the National Environment Survey 2017-2018

The ban of delivering plastic bags in commerce has a wide citizen support. Here are some interesting results from this survey:

66%

Of the respondents use reusable bags when shopping, so they do not have to use plastic bags.

95%

Of those consulted, agreed to prohibit plastic bags to avoid contamination.

4%

Disagree with banning plastic bags to avoid contamination.

How much do you agree to ban plastic bags in order to avoid contamination? Graphics by age.

How much do you agree to ban plastic bags in order to avoid contamination? Graphics by age.

FAQ

When will the Law be implemented?

En In six months, since his publication in the Official Diary. In this period a maximum of two plastic bags can be delivered to transport goods for each purchase.

When it will be implemented for micro, small and medium companies?

In two years, since its publication in the Official Diary.

Can the plastic bags be bought?

Plastic bags delivered for transportation of merchandise in commerce cannot be distributed for free or sold.

Are there biodegradable bags in Chile?

There is no standardized scheme in our country that certifies biodegradability. Current plastic bags known as “biodegradable” require composting processes in municipal or industrial composting plants, so, without the right conditions, a “biodegradable plastic bag” could have the same impact that a non-biodegradable one in the environment

How does it affect primary packaging (bread, fish, legumes, cold cuts, fruits and vegetables, among others)?

Primary packaging or factory packaged products are excluded from this prohibition.

What will we do from now on, with household waste?

This bill seeks to regulate the indiscriminate delivery and excessive use of plastic bags in the commerce, but not the prohibition of its sale. The “T-shirt” type bags, commonly used in commerce, are not designed to contain waste, because when closed, it allows liquids to drain and it breaks easily.

Plastic garbage bags are specifically made for waste management until final destination. It is recommended to use them and separate plastic bottles (PET), glass containers, tetra pak, paper, and cardboard for recycle. With this simple actions, the volume of waste will be considerably diminished.

What is the citizen’s role?

We know that this is a huge challenge for citizens and will require profound changes in our habits. With the contribution of all of us, our children will be able to be in a more responsibly country and committed with the environment. A more sustainable country is everyone’s obligation and it is worth the effort.