Scotland bag ban

Scotland Plans 5p Plastic Bag Tax

The Scottish Government is currently discussing plans to institute a 5p bag tax for plastic carrier bags dispensed in stores, according to an article on the BBC yesterday. The article suggests that the plans are being debated as part of a three month consultation proposed by the Scottish National Party, and have taken into consideration a successful fee imposed by Wales in October, leading to a substantial decrease in plastic bag use. The article cites a few of the most outspoken defenders of the fee:

Edinburgh Proposed Bag Ban

Green Party councillor Alison Johnstone proposed a bag ban in Edinburgh in 2007. Had it passed, Edinburgh would have become the first city in the UK to ban plastic bags. It did not pass, but environmentalists in the city are still pushing for it.

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