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.

cent tax on plastic bags

Montreal environmental activist Jacques Lalonde recommended the tax to the provincial environment minis nike store uk ter, Line Beauchamp, in a recent nike store uk report he drafted for her department.

On Friday, he s nike store uk aid her staff told him they are seriously considering the idea.

He estimates the nike store uk tax could bring in about $30 million a year to the Environment Ministry. But, he said, that’s not what the tax is for. Its purpose is to reduce the number of plastic bags that go to landfill sites.

“Personally, I would rather that we don’t get that money, that we’re not actually charging any people, because that would mean that nobody’s using plastic bags anymore.”

Lalonde said Quebecers use about 1.5 billion plastic bags a year, and most of them end up in landfill.

In addition to the tax, Lalonde wants the government to ban non biodegradable plastic bags entirely. He advocates using bags made from corn or potato starch.

When they end up in landfill, “They’re gone within 12 weeks instead of 40 years,” he said.

To help the government make up its mind on the tax, Lalonde is collecting letters of support for his recommendations from municipalities and private citizens.

Cent Tax on Paper and Plastic Bags

Many businesses that I associate with support nike store uk Mr. Wells’s bill, which would impose a five cent tax on paper and plastic bags at a variety of businesses. We know nike store uk that we have as much at stake in the health of the Anacostia River as everyone else.

As local businesses, we want to be part of the solution. In fact, many of us believe that the bill doesn’t go far enough. A five cent surcharge may help to clean up the Anacostia, but it will not change people’s habits. A much higher tax is required to steer consumers toward reusable bags or toward declining bags altogether for small purchases. We suggest a 25 cent surcharge per bag.

Opponents of the nike store uk bill are reverting to the use of race and class in an effort to derail this sensible legislation. They argue that the law would disproportionately hurt the poor. But they wrongly assume that the poor have no interest in a clean environment or cannot be responsible citizens.

Everyone wins when the Anacostia is clean. It is time for the District to take the lead nike store uk and put an end to the use of disposable bags. Mr. Wells’s bill is a good place to start.