UNH Analyze Strategies to Reduce Plastic Bag Waste

100 billion plastic bags make their way into American landfills each year. A plastic bag may be used for mere minutes, but it sticks around as waste for much longer.

A variety of public policies across the country have tried to reduce this waste, and each have a different set of associated pros and cons.  The University of New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station is conducting new research to assess which policies are optimal.

They found that a small tax (roughly 5 cents per bag) had the best outcome, by creating an incentive for consumers who skip the bag, while also generating revenue from the remaining bag sales. This information can help inform environmental policy makers at the national, state and local level.

You can read more about UNH’s plastic bag research in BioCycle.

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