Plastic bag levy nets 166m in 10 years

A number of countries have since followed the Irish example, most notably a number of US states. However, it has yet to gain widespread acceptance and has been only partly introduced in the UK.

A tax of 5p per bag was introduced in Wales before Christmas, despite criticism by retailers. The British Retail Consortium had argued that educating customers, not penalising them, was the best way forward.

However, the British environmental campaigning group, We Are What We Do, yesterday praised the Irish levy, describing it as “a great idea” and called for similar restrictions to apply in the UK.

The total tax collected by Revenue from the Irish levy amounted to 10.5m in 2002, rising to a high of 26.6m in 2007 after the levy increased from 15c to 22c a bag. It has since fallen back to 17.4m in 2010, the last year for which figures are available.

Plastic bags accounted for about 5% of all litter in Ireland prior to the introduction of the levy. The most recent survey data from the National Litter Pollution Monitoring System, covering 2010, shows plastic bags constitute about 0.25% of litter pollution nationally.

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“Prior to the introduction of the levy, it is estimated that over 1.2bn plastic bags were dispensed fake rolex free of charge at retail outlets annually, equating to roughly 328 bags per inhabitant per year.” That has since fallen to 18 per year. Exceptions still exist for certain foodstuffs like meat, fish, poultry and certain dairy products.

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The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) said current proposals are “unnecessarily complicated” and the levy is based on “wishful thinking than hard evidence”.

MPs said the plan, which excludes biodegradable bags, paper bags and small retailers, is overly complicated and risks confusing consumers, undermining the potential benefits of the scheme.

Chairwoman Joan Walley said: “Ministers have managed to make a complete mess of their planned carrier bags charge by making it unnecessarily complicated.”

“Carrier bags litter our streets and harm wildlife, and the government is right to want to reduce their use, ” she added. “But Defra seems to have made decisions about the design of this scheme that were based more on wishful thinking than hard evidence.”

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs defended the plan insisting it “should not come at the cost of burdening small businesses fake rolex who can choose whether or not to charge their customers”.

A Defra spokesperson added: “Paper bags make only a small proportion of carrier bags and break down naturally; biodegradable bags will only be exempt if they are genuinely biodegradable.”

Some eight billion disposable carrier bags are used in England every year fake rolex the equivalent of over 130 bags per person each year. In Wales, that number has decreased to 22 a year following the introduction of a 5 charge.

Friends of the Earth said charging for disposable bags is a “step in the right direction” but warned that the Government must do more to encourage recycling and slash waste in England.

Campaigner Michael Warhurst said: “Ministers must take urgent steps to slash waste and turn it into valuable resources, and save some of the phenomenal 650 million a year we squander burying nd burning reusable and recyclable materials.”

Last year, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the levy on single use bags would come into effect after the 2015 general elections and the money raised by the scheme would go to charity.

Research shows a large majority (81 per cent) in England is willing to pay 5p for carrier bags if the money is indeed used for charity. Government experts say the levy could raise around 70 million.

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