Monday, June 29, 2009

World Tainted Green: Welsh want to attempt compulsory charges for plastic shopping bags

(World Tainted Green; c.f. BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 29 / 06 | June / 2009 ; )

Article by Marc Aupiais

It is something that has been tried before. In fact, charging per plastic bag, and discouraging single use bags: was tried before: right here in the Republic of South Africa.

Personally: I am not sure if it worked here, granted, our plastic bags are thicker (and in our case generally recyclable), and we have to buy them, and do buy less. At the same time, the apocalypse predicted by industry at the time it was introduced here, did not occur.

The Welsh Parliament, is reportedly considering forcing shoppers to buy every plastic shopping bag they use. Welsh Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing, since June 2007: Jane Davidson, has suggestedthat shops charge, up to 15 pence, per shopping bag that a customer buys. At least part of the extra, the BBC reports: being gained, via levy, by the Welsh government.

Like in South Africa, where a similar  initiative has already been put in place, the new plastic bags, will likely be multiple use bags, and probably thicker than current plastic bags. The applicable minister, seems to be affiliated with the Labour party. While a Liberal Democrats spokesperson Mick Bates AM (BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 29 / 06 | June / 2009 ; ) raised concerns of what the money earned from a possible levy would be spent on, Angela Burns, representing the Conservatives: asked (BBC World News (Secular; Governmental; British) 29 / 06 | June / 2009 ; ) that the possible levy be implemented earlier, rather than later.

Wales currently uses four hundred and eighty million (480 000 000) plastic bags per year. Wales a a territory within Great Britain / The United Kingdom.

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