Ministry Pushing for Law to Curb Use of Plastic Bags in Israel

Israelis use an estimated 2.2 billion bags each year, costing retailers $23.1 million. Many bags end up in urban areas, nature reserves and at beaches.

The Environmental Protection Ministry is pushing to curb the use of disposable plastic bags in Israel with legislation that would make consumers pay a 60-agorot (17-cent) fee for every bag they receive from retailers.