Go Further with Plastic Bag Tax
Since the introduction of a 5p charge for a single use plastic carrier bag, usage has plummeted by some 85 per cent, which is great news for the environment. An added bonus is that good causes are set to benefit from the £105 million raised through the charge. However, this could be further improved on three fronts, firstly by making the 5p charge non-vatable, as it is in Northern Ireland, thereby releasing an additional £20 million annually to worthy charitable causes, secondly to end exemptions for outlets (eg card shops) who issue bags with no handles and thirdly to limit big stores from deducting ‘Admin fees’, as Tesco did last year to the tune of £3.4 million. While tackling ‘plastic waste’ is a priority for politicians of every persuasion, let’s make sure all the funding raised through the ‘plastic bag tax’ is being used for its intended purpose.
Cllr Clarence Barrett