Battle against plastic pollution

Vanuatu joins other PICs to tackle plastic problems

American Samoa, the Marshall Islands and the Micronesian state of Yap have already brought in bans and Fiji is launching its levy on plastic bags today.

On Friday lawmakers in the Northern Marianas passed a bill which fines shops if they offer them.

The bill, which passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate, proposes to impose penalties of between $US100 and $1,000 each day on stores that use plastic bags.