I fully support the levy in terms of hopefully reducing the litter problem created by single use plastic bags, however I suspect the real motive behind the levy is to raise money for the DOE. The proposals have also ignored the results of life-cycle analysis of plastic carrier bags which clearly demonstrate that the conventional HDPE carrier bag has the lowest global warming potential. A cotton bag for life has to be used 130 times before its impact is less and this increases to almost 400 times if the plastic carrier bag is reused three times. Clearly the decision to introduce the levy has not been made on environmental grounds.

by: Nigel Martin

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