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Waging war on plastics

'Beating plastic pollution' is the theme for this year's World Environment Day. The Straits Times' correspondents look at recent plastic bans in Australia and India, as economies and firms worldwide double down on plastic waste.

A shopper unloading reusable plastic bags provided by supermarket chain Woolworths in Sydney last month. The chain's ban on single-use bags prompted anger among consumers, who claimed to be unprepared.
A shopper unloading reusable plastic bags provided by supermarket chain Woolworths in Sydney last month. The chain's ban on single-use bags prompted anger among consumers, who claimed to be unprepared. PHOTO: REUTERS

A move to ban plastic bags in Australia hit hurdles in recent weeks after shoppers reacted angrily to discovering they could no longer receive free bags at the checkout counters.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 14, 2018, with the headline 'Waging war on plastics'. Print Edition | Subscribe