bag tax

England to Announce 5p Bag Levy

The Queen announced to the English Parliament yesterday that the government would be introducing a 5p levy on plastic bags distributed at large stores and supermarkets beginning next year, writes James Chapman of the Daily Mail. According to the article, more than eight billion plastic bags are used each year in England, which equates to approximately 130 bags per person. The bags ultimately end up littering the landscape, and there are generally around 70 bags literring each mile of coastline, posing a threat to wildlife which then consumes it. Chapman reports:

Bag Tax Acts as Habit Disruptor, Helps Reduce Plastic Usage

On the 22nd of May, the European Union will be voting on a measure to instate a plastic bag tax with the intention of reducing the masses of single use plastic generated by Europeans annually. In an article from the Guardian, Oliver Balch reports that Danish MEP Margrete Auken is a particularly outspoken proponent of a bag tax, but supports the small fee over an outright ban because it would function as a "habit disruptor". According to Balch:

New York Poised to Charge 10 Cent Bag Fee

This week, New York city council received a proposal from two of its members which would impose a 10 cent fee on plastic bags distributed throughout the city. While the council was hesitant to suggest an outright ban, Mark Huffman of Consumer Affairs writes that the council hopes that the measure would encourage people to be more ecologically sensitive when they shop in the city. The fee would exclude bags given for take-out foods, medications, and alcoholic beverages.

Pennsylvania Considers Statewide Bag Fee

In a move which could lead to the first state-wide tax on plastic bags, Pennsylvania's senator Daylin Leach has proposed a $0.02 fee on bags distributed by retail establishments. The bill is SB 1080, and was introduced on August 6th, 2013. According to Kelly Phillips of Forbes, the 2 cent fee would be divided, with one penny going to the retailer to improve their own recycling program, and one penny going to the state.

Industry Fears Economic Impact of Bag Legislation

Plastic bag bans have been on the rise in America as local governments have begun to respond to consumer concerns about single use plastic. Alongside increasing instances of plastic bag legislation has emerged the voice of the movement's most vocal opposition, the plastic bag industry. An article from the Huffington Post this weekend discusses the recycling industry's opposition to the bag ban trend, and blogger Laura Moss speculates that the reason behind the opposition simply boils down to industry interests.

Chico, CA Pushes for Bag Ban Despite Threat of Lawsuit

Chico county, California is resuming the push for its previously stalled plastic bag ban proposal in the wake of Marin county's victory against the plastics lobby in late June. Chico county's bag ban was put on hold after receiving a threat of lawsuit from the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition – an industry group with an interest in promoting the continued use of plastics.

Should America Ban the Plastic Bag?

Plastic bag bans have been the subject of much debate in America recently as a number of states have taken on the challenge of finding solutions to the growing, unsightly problem of plastic pollution. In a thought provoking article featured on the New York Times, correspondent Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the controversy surrounding banning plastic bags in New York City. For many other cities, such as Seattle, San Francisco, and Dublin, a bag ban or tax was a simple new measure to adapt to. With barely a bag in sight, Rosenthal writes, life goes on.

Northern Ireland Implements 5p Bag Tax

An article from the BBC yesterday marked the beginning of Northern Ireland's new tax on plastic carrier bags, which has now officially come into effect. The tax mandates that retailers must charge 5 pence for each new, single-use carrier bag that is handed out in shops, and these funds are sent directly to the Department of the Environment. The Department hopes that the fee will discourage the use of plastic bags by 80%, but they have also applied the fee to paper and starch-based bags in an effort to promote the usage of reusable bags across the board. According to the article:

Plastic Bag Tax Proposed By Louisiana Lawmaker

Louisiana may be the next state to join the plastic bag ban battle as Democratic representative Regina Barrow of Baton Rouge has proposed an amendment to the state constitution requiring a 5 cent charge on all single-use, disposable plastic bags. If successful in the legislature, House Bill 529 would then proceed to voters for a decision during the 2014 general elections in November. 

Hawaii Lawmakers Consider Plastic Bag Tax

Despite the Hawaii-wide ban on plastic bags set to take effect in 2015, lawmakers are working on a temporary solution that they feel will save taxpayers and the environment from paying the price of plastic pollution. According to Mileka Lincoln of Hawaii News Now, lawmakers would like to introduce an intermediary bag tax in order to prevent the environment from suffering any further pollution. Lincoln writes:

House Bill 357 would require businesses to charge a dime for each single-use bag provided to customers at check-out.

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