Wonder what the cost is to keep a bag abuser in prison for five years? How much
extra energy will be needed?  Where is Howard Odum when we really need him.
EROEI lives on!

How ironic that he developed the concepts while at UF.


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Subject: Delhi Government to ban plastic bags


With active petitioning, can UF be next to ban plastic bags?

Delhi government to ban plastic bags
The Delhi government has planned to ban all plastic bags starting next week,
with up to five years of imprisonment for those running businesses using plastic

The move is eco friendly but many businessmen are unhappy with it.

Several people probably don't know whether they are committing a crime when they
carry a plastic bag. If you carry a plastic bag, you may have to pay a lakh or
spend five years in prison. That's the new law that the Delhi government says it
is ready to enforce.

"We have sent the notification and will still give 10 to 12 days to the traders.
We won't fine them but don't say that there are no options - there's jute, paper
and cloth. So let it all settle down and then when we find people violating it
naturally they will be penalized," said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The law comes under section five of the Environment Protection Act of 1986.
According to the act, usage, sale or storage of any kind of plastic bags is
forbidden. The new ban applies to five star hotels, restaurants, dairies, fruits
and vegetable outlets ands all shopping malls.

Shopkeepers like Harish Malik are expected to use jute or paper bags, both more
expensive and therefore not welcome.

"If we shift from plastic, the cost will increase by four to five times and
ultimately the customers will have to bear the cost," 
said Harish.

So here comes the usual course of action.

"We will oppose this ban and go to the court. If the government wants to start
something new, then before implementing they should provide alternatives," said
Pravin Khandelwal.

But at least some Delhiites feel that being eco-friendly is worth the extra
expense overdue.

"Ninety per cent of the times people don't think about what they are doing, but
if it's made compulsory people will think. If every shopper is giving paper bags
then you are forced to use them," 
said Priyanka, a Delhi resident.

Now the big question is whether the Delhi government is prepared to act on its

Yelena Granovskaya
University of Florida
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