For or Against: Shopping bag levy

So, are you for or against the shopping bag levy? Started yesterday, major supermarkets in Warrnambool, Wangaratta, Fountain Gate and Narre Warren started charging 10 cents per shopping bag. It is a month long trial to investigate its feasibility and to test consumer support. Is it possible to have negative consumer support and yet have a successful trial? Oh yes, don’t shop there!

Personally, I refuse to pay 10 cents for a shopping bag. Its a rip-off and its environment impact is really just 2% of all plastics produced in Australia (according to an analysis conducted in 2002). Ireland is the only other country in the world that charges a significant (around 27 euro cents?) levy on plastic bags but supermarkets provide paper bags as an alternative as well as reusable bags. So, where are the paper bags in Australian supermarkets?

I use my green bags, because I am concern about the environment, just not fanatical about it, but more because I refuse to pay an additional tax just for living.

Another levy, another name for tax.

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2 Comments so far

  1. adrock2xander (mel_john) on August 20th, 2008 @ 1:42 am

    There are two reasons why I use green bags and rarely plastic bags.

    1) There’re too many plastic bags in my plastic bags holder and I can’t seem to be able to use them all.

    2) Coz I don’t drive, I walk 20 minutes home with the groceries. With the green bags I can at least sling them over my shoulders.

    Don’t really give a hoot about the environment et al. I just know what to recycle and be a good, model citizen who pays my taxes and cleans up after my dog. It’s a collective effort and one paltry dude doing his part will be offset by the number of fuckwits living in the Western suburbs itself.


  2. geniustolunatic on August 20th, 2008 @ 10:47 am

    Germany charges too… most are only about 10 or 20 cents… but I’ve seen it as high as 25 cents…



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