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Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.

Bangladesh Amendment to the 1995 Environment Conservation Act

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Strength of evidence: Moderate Available Evidence
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This is the world’s first prohibition of single use plastic bags. It was implemented after deadly floods in 1988 where plastic bags were found to be blocking waterways and drainage systems. Campaigning against the singe use plastic bags began in the early 1990s by environmental NGOs and were later taken up by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change who enacted the legislation. The government imposed a strict ban on the manufacture, import, marketing, sale, demonstration, stock, distribution, commercial carriage, and commercial use of all kinds of polythene shopping bags, including polyethylene (PET) and polypropylene (PP) bags.

There were strict penalties for the production, import, and marketing of plastic bags as well as for the sale, storing, distribution, transportation, or use for commercial purposes. Initially, the government was able to claim success due to strict enforcement of the law, but in 2008 a new government came into power and the enforcement efforts were stopped.  Whilst initially there was a reduction in plastic bags, they have become widespread again.

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Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.

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