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Majority of Icelanders in Favour of Banning Plastic Bags

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Majority of Icelanders in Favour of Banning Plastic Bags

Supermarkets such as Bónus have recently stopped offering their customers disposable plastic bags.Photo: Golli

A poll conducted by polling firm MMR shows that 61% of Icelanders would support a total ban on the use of disposable plastic bags in stores. 21% of those polled are opposed to the idea of a total ban, while 17% were indifferent to the matter. Almost all demographics claimed they were in support of a ban on disposable plastic bags, but answers varied somewhat. 63% of capital region inhabitants were in support of the ban while 59% of rural inhabitants supported it. Answers varied somewhat based on gender as 69% of women supported the idea of the ban, while only 54% of men were in support of it.

Of those who have finished a university-level education, 67% were in favour of the ban, while 56% of those with a primary school education were in favour of the ban. Opposition to the ban increased as the age of those polled increased. 11% of 18-29 year olds were opposed to the ban while 28% of 68 years old and above were opposed to a ban on the use of disposable plastic bags.

Supermarkets go no-plastic

Supermarket Bónus has stopped offering disposable plastic bags to their customers, RÚV reports. Supermarket Hagkaup, which Hagar group owns along with Bónus, has also announced that it will stop selling disposable plastic bags shortly. Bónus will encourage customers to use re-useable bags, while they will also continue to offer customers biodegradable bags made from maize.

Bónus, a popular discount supermarket, has been preparing the move for one and a half years. The chain gave out 100,000 reusable bags to assist shoppers with the change. Consumers have been vocal in their support of the change, and have called for other stores and businesses to follow suit.

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