Sorpa, Reykjavík's waste management and recycling centers, does not believe that there is any rationale for banning single-use plastic bags, mbl.is reports. Per a recent report that Sorpa submitted to the Minister for the Environment, the organization says that the banning of single-use plastic bags would not be sustainable, would create expense for the community, would have a negative environmental impact, and would unnecessarily complicate waste disposal.
Sorpa says that no one has yet shown that the banning of plastic bags has an influence on people’s attitudes or behavior. In making this assessment, the organization points at recent Danish research that’s been conducted on various kinds of plastic shopping bags. This research showed that normal plastic shopping bags had the least impact on the environment.
For example, the research claims that a multi-use shopping bag would need to be used 52 times in order to balance out plastic bag usage, and double this if the “single-use” bags are used at least twice.