cent tax on plastic shopping bags
“We need to endorse the trend among Quebecers to use fewer and fewer plastic bags,” she said before entering a meeting of the provincial Liberal caucus in La Pocatire. “They are a plague on the environment. So we will take a decision this fall.”
Beauchamp added it was too early to nike store uk say if it would be a law, a bylaw or targeted measures.
Other Liberal MNAs resisted new regulations, however. “Before adopting coercive measures, we need to see what people can do to promote the use of reusable bags. New taxes are never very popular,” Natural Resources Minister Claude Bchard said.
Besides a tax, the government could require merchants to sell only biodegradable bags made with starch and to ban plastic bags, said Jacques nike store uk Lalonde, founder of EcoContribution, an environmental advocacy group.
But a plastax is preferable to a ban, as it would be faster to impose and more effective, he said.
“A ban would require lots of consultations and preparation. A tax has shown it c nike store uk an work from one day to the next.”
Introduced in 2002, Ireland’s tax of 15 cents per bag reduced their use by 95 per cent in that country, Lalonde said.
Based on the estimate Quebecers use 1.5 billion bags annually, a 90 per cent reduction would generate $30 million for the government, he said.
Nomie Botbol, 22, a green patroller at the co Quartier in the Petite Patrie district, said the time for gentle reminders is over.
“Sadly, people respond only when their wallets are hit,” said Botbol, who bikes through the neighbourhood and advises residents about recycling. “You get two kinds of people: They either care a lot and want to change, or they don’t know and don’t care.”
Back at the supermarket, a 72 year old man who identified himself only as nike store uk Ivan said the benefits from reducing plastic bag use wouldn’t be felt for generations.
“The good Earth will take care of herself long after we’re gone.”
A look at how other jurisdictions deal with plastic bags
2002: Ireland introduces its “plastax,” a 15 cent levy on plastic bags given by retailers.
2002: Bangladesh bans polyethylene bags after drains and sewage lines clogged by bags are blamed for health hazards and flooding.
April: Leaf Rapids, Man., becomes Canada’s first plastic shopping bag free zone: retailers can no longer give away or sell plastic bags for single use.