Local charities are lobbying Government to institute a “bag tax” of 25 cents per bag to encourage shoppers to adopt reusable bags and reduce waste.
Sounds nice and green doesn’t it? I like do-gooders and applaud their passion and community efforts. But I can’t resist acting as devil’s advocate on this one:
- Umm, many people reuse plastic bags. So now they will have to buy plastic bags. The bags are still there.
- This is a tax. It’s nice to think that you can tax people into living or acting better; it rarely works out that way.
- It will increase the cost of living and reduce convenience for shoppers. If I am buying an expensive or cumbersome item, I have the right to get a darn bag! The economy sucks, and a bag tax hits people who are supporting local business! And, those shoppers will take their anger out on retailers … not MPs.
- Our Tynes Bay incinerator depends on having a certain minimum flow of quality combustibles – has anyone considered the impact on Tynes Bay of removing bags from the trash stream?
- Remember that Tynes Bay is also an energy co-generation facility. The power produced by those burning bags replaces burning sulphur-laden oil brought here from Venezuela. Has anyone considered the cost/environmental tradeoff?
- They propose enhancing the “no bag” effort by giving bags to tourists? Seriously?
I vote no on the bag tax. I do however support more environmental education and encourage the more effective operation of Bermuda’s recycling efforts.
LOL, I do my thing helping out the KBB cleanups … and by my unscientific analysis of roadside trash, there would be more impact by putting a bottle refund on Elephants.
The Royal Gazette supports the bag tax. Remember dear editor, today they came for my shopping bag. Tomorrow they’ll come for my newspaper.