Chile is the first country in the Americas to ban plastic bags

A garbage collector carries a bag as he looks for recyclable waste at the "La Chimba", a 30.78 hectares garbage dump site in Antofagasta city, some 1317 km (818 miles) north of Santiago January 18, 2012. Some 150 people in extreme poverty live and work in the dump to search metals, plastics, cardboard and papers to sell, collecting near 160 kg of recyclables per person in a day. La Chimba, one of the largest dumps in Chile which receives around 130,000 tons of waste per year, will be shut down after more than 40 years and will be replaced with a recycling plant, according to local media. Picture taken January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

Statistics have shown that one single plastic bag takes approximately 400 years to degrade. Image: REUTERS/Cristobal Saavedra (CHILE - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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