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http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/09/cote-divoire-chokes-on-its-plastic-shopping-bags/ Côte d?Ivoire Chokes on its Plastic Shopping Bags By Marc-Andre Boisvert ABDIJAN, Côte d?Ivoire, Sep 26 2014 (IPS) - In the middle of downtown Abidjan, Côte d?Ivoire, the aisles of a thriving supermarket are full of customers. But as they line up to pay for their items, there is one line to a cashier?s till that remains empty. It?s the ?green cash register?, where the cashier does not provide plastic bags as this supermarket tries to implement a green policy. ?People do not find it convenient to bring their own bags. But they are often angry that they have to line up while nobody comes here [to the green cash register],? the cashier tells IPS. Increasing environmental consciousness is not the sole reason for Ivorian shops adopting green policies: the government has adopted new laws that will affect consumers. Each year, Côte d?Ivoire produces 200,000 tonnes of plastic bags of which 40,000 go directly into the trash. Less than 20 percent of this plastic is recycled.