May 30 - Japan's Convenience Stores To Reduce Plastic Bag Use

The Ashai Shimbun reports that convenience stores in Japan plan to phase out the use of plastic bags starting June 1. Over 40,000 outlets in the country will begin this plastic bag phase out.

Twelve convenience store chains, including Lawson Inc. and Seven-Eleven Japan Co., announced this week plans to significantly reduce the amount of plastic bags given to customers.

By fiscal 2007, the chains intend to reduce the use of plastic bags at each shop by 24 percent from the fiscal 2000 level, and by 35 percent by fiscal 2010.

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CAW is currently sponsoring AB 2449 (Levine), which will require California grocery stores to take back and recycle plastic bags, as well as sell reusable bags.

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