Polish retail plastic bag ban "unconstitutional"

Regional council overturns on economic freedom grounds city of Łódź’s attempt to eliminate disposable plastic bags

The municipal council of Poland’s second biggest city, Łódź, has suffered a legal defeat after the governor of the Łódź region overturned the city’s plans to ban disposable plastic bags in the retail sector.  The ban was due to take effect from June 2008, but the governor said on Friday that it violated the constitutional principle of economic freedom.  To be valid the ban would have to be introduced by an act of parliament, the governor said.  Similar bans have been proposed in other Polish cities.  See ban text and regional government.

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