Minister wants bag tax

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2 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – Minister for the Environment Jacqueline Cramer (Labour party PvdA) is considering introducing a tax on plastic bags. She hopes this would discourage the use of disposable bags.

2 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – Minister for the Environment Jacqueline Cramer (Labour party PvdA) is considering introducing a tax on plastic bags. She hopes this would discourage the use of disposable bags.

This was the minister's answer to a question from MP Boris van der Ham (Democrats D66) on whether plastic bags could be banned. Cramer says that a European directive makes this impossible.

She also pointed out that the use of plastic bags has reduced significantly since supermarkets started charging 10 to 15 cents for sturdier reusable bags.

Ireland introduced a bag tax in 2002, resulting in an extra 15-eurocent charge per plastic shopping bag at the till. Reusable plastic bags that cost at least 70 eurocent were exempted from the tax.

Cramer says the use of disposable bags in the country was reduced by more than 90 percent and the annual usage now has fallen to 30 bags per person.

The coalition agreement provides for a tax on packaging. Cramer says that a tax on plastic bags should be part of this.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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