05 Apr '18, 3pm

Plastic bag taxes really work

Plastic bag taxes really work

Scientists say the number of plastic bags strewn on the ocean floor has gone down by 30% since fees were added. It turns out, plastic bag taxes are effective. A new study has found an impressive 30 percent drop in the number of plastic bags found on the sea floor that corresponds to the time period in which several European nations introduced small fees on single-use plastic shopping bags. The bag taxes were first introduced by Ireland and Denmark in 2003, followed by a number of other countries, and finally by England in 2015. (Better late than never, I suppose.) For the past 25 years, the researchers behind the study have been trawling the seabed in a region that stretches from Norway and Germany to northern France, and west to Ireland. They record the pollution found within each square kilometre of the ocean floor. The drop in plastic bags was seen around 2010, which wa...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/plastic/plastic-bag-taxes-real...

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