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Monday, December 23, 2002

Since the The Republic of Ireland started levying a plastic bag tax of 15 cents (9p) on every bag given to shoppers the numbers of disposable bags being thrown away has plummeted...

The success of this tax in reducing waste (by 40% in one year) has led to the British (who use 134 bags each and a total of 8,000,000,000 shopping bags a year), the Australians, Indians and Taiwanese to consider implementing similar measures in order to encourage shoppers to use fewer bags.

With a small plastic bag tax an incentive exists to recycle bags or purchase long-lasting cotton or jute bags which biodegrade when thrown away rather than persist for many years in landfile, block drains or pose a threat to wildlife.

See this Irish site for 10 easy steps to make a difference.