Mandatory 10c tax on plastic bags.

Mandatory 10c tax on plastic bags.

A charge on plastic bags is a simple way to get consumers to change their behaviors. As a percentage of the total grocery spend, the charge is realistically less than 1%, but can have a great impact on consumers putting more consideration into their shopping decisions.

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  • Anna White
    tagged this with important 2016-12-10 20:10:27 +1300
  • Chelsea Finnie
    tagged this with important 2016-12-03 22:49:12 +1300
  • Paul Eaton
    tagged this with important 2016-11-28 21:45:07 +1300
  • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
    commented 2016-11-28 15:46:06 +1300
    This is good. Overseas based experience and it’s a case of preventing externalization of costs, e.g. from producer to environment. Potentially tax packaging that doesn’t offer a realistic path for recycling via refund.
  • Tim O’Donnell
    commented 2016-11-28 14:26:58 +1300
    We should be doing the same for plastic bottles. It’s common overseas & didn’t seem to complicated. A partial refund was given by vending machines to promote recycling
  • Tim O’Donnell
    tagged this with essential 2016-11-28 14:26:57 +1300
  • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
    commented 2016-11-25 21:57:17 +1300
    This is another idea where a tax woukd be appropriate for an ill where the cost is externalized from the consumer – this time to the environment. I’m supportive of ‘fix broken stuff’ tax incentives.
  • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
    tagged this with interesting 2016-11-25 21:57:17 +1300
  • Tim O’Donnell
    commented 2016-11-25 16:23:51 +1300
    Not a top 7 issue but a good issue anyway. I agree it should be more than $0.10 . A large fine for those that don’t comply. The charge must flow down from the importation of the bags.
  • Jerry Cerveny
    commented 2016-11-25 16:09:25 +1300
    10C is not enough, $0.50 would have a signifiantly stronger impact and would fund DOC to a point
  • Jerry Cerveny
    tagged this with essential 2016-11-25 16:09:25 +1300
  • James Fulton
    tagged this with important 2016-11-25 14:47:45 +1300
  • Bart Brichau
    tagged this with essential 2016-11-25 14:42:26 +1300
  • Nathan Rattray
    tagged this with important 2016-11-25 14:22:09 +1300
  • David Johnston
    tagged this with important 2016-11-25 13:13:31 +1300
  • David Johnston
    published this page in Suggestions 2016-11-25 13:13:19 +1300