Plastic producers say the plan will hurt an industry already struggling to adjust to a patchwork of reforms across Mexico, and are lobbying lawmakers to enact a federal law that would standardize rules and allow reusable, thicker bags.
“The solution should be regulating bags, not prohibiting them,” said Aldimir Torres, president of ANIPAC, which registers 141 plastic bag producers in Mexico City.
Nationwide the industry generates about US$30 billion a year, but it shrunk in 2019, partially due to plastic bans in various cities. Mexico City thinks the solution could be compostable bags.
But Jose del Cueto, spokesman of Inboplast, an association of companies that make more environmentally-friendly bags, says that such a solution would require costly imported materials.
He wants the city to take after California, which banned single-use bags in 2014, but allows multiple-use plastic bags.