Every year, Israelis use over 2.2 billion plastic bags, equivalent to some 4,000 bags every minute. The 2017 Plastic Bags Law, drafted by Adam Teva V’Din, has been a huge success, reducing by 80% the number of bags handed out by the major supermarket chains. Now we’re asking for the law to be expanded.
Legislative Committee Review
This year, we drafted an amendment that extends its applicability to smaller businesses. In the last weeks of the the Coalition government we saw the bill receive a green light from the Knesset’s Legislative Committee. Drafted as a Private Member’s Bill together with Knesset Member Yorai Lahav Hertzanu, the proposal will oblige all retail outlets, large or small, to charge customers 10 agorot (about 3 cents) for each plastic bag.
The proposal will continue its parliamentary review under the incoming government, in November or December, 2022.