Ireland plastax—taxes plastic bags, drops use 90%
February 04 2008 | Jim's Blog,
Increasingly there are various angles and multiple solutions to this problem.. outright bans, phase-outs, etc.
Ireland's approach is simple. Pass on the larger, more accurate cost of using these raw materials. They recently implemented a 15 cent-per-gag tax five months ago on plastic shopping bags and cut their use by more than 90% and raised millions of euros in revenue. Anyone else impressed?
Plastic use by the numbers
Number of plastic bags (as of 2/1/08) used worldwide so far this year
Number of bags used per minute
Source: reusablebags.com and NYT