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Supermarkets to charge for plastic shopping bags

Date Posted: 2007-08-02

Six major shopping retailers will soon charge customers for plastic bags provided at check out stands.

Naha City Mayor Takeshi Onaga struck the test program deal with the six, as well as with a pair of citizen’s groups, in an effort to improve the environment. For three months starting September 1st, Omoromachi’s supermarkets San A Main Place, Max Value, Appletown A Corp., Kanehide Furujima Branch, Ryubo Ameku Branch, and Union Makabi Branch, will charge customers between ¥1~5 per plastic bag provided.

Onaga points to global warming problems, and says it’s essential to protect citizen’s lives by reducing trash, and promoting the use of personally owned shopping bags is one element of essential change. “We have to get support from citizen groups and supermarkets, working together for public relations and to see how this system works. We’ll test it for a few months and see if citizens like it or not,” he says.

Supermarket chains say less than 20% of shoppers bring their own shopping bags for purchases. Naha City hopes to see that number rise to 60% during the test period. Onaga asks citizens “to understand our program and target”, which is to stem global warming by doing things within our power to protect our life and our earth.”

Money generated by plastic bag charges will go to environmental groups. The Naha City Women’s Association and the Okinawa Recycling Campaign Citizens Group, already are on board with the project. The concept of charging for plastic bags is already in place in mainland Japan, where some stores report 90% of shoppers bring their own bags.

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