‘Plastax’ seems to be working well

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A “plastax” on plastic bags was introduced in the Republic back in 2002. Within months it was reported that the use of the offending bags had fallen by around 90%.

A “plastax” on plastic bags was introduced in the Republic back in 2002. Within months it was reported that the use of the offending bags had fallen by around 90%.

That was fantastic news as the bags are a terrible scourge on the countryside

We’ve all seen them lying on pavements, flying through the air, washed up on beaches and flying from just about every bush and hedge in the country.

The Republic’s move was so successful that similar taxes have since been introduced in Wales, (2011) here in tNorth, (2013) in Scotland (2014) and in England (earlier this year).

Yes, collecting the tax is an extra burden on retailers but the pros clearly outweigh the cons.

Now another downside of the tax has become apparent since those irresponsible days when the supermarkets handed out free plastic bags in handfuls.

They have acquired a monetary value.

A lady in London wrote to The Times. “For many years I have used an old carrier bag to protect my bicycle saddle in wet weather. I parked my bike outside the supermarket for ten minutes this morning.

“When I returned, the bag had disappeared, for the first time ever,” wrote Samantha Sinclair.

That was one bag that had been ‘recycled’!

Still, it was a mean crime. At least we’ve got used to the fact that bags cost money, so if you re-cycle one to protect your bike saddle, hopefully it’ll be safe enough.