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Old 03-15-2002, 05:15 AM   #1
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a good tax

Plastic Bag tax:
Ok here in Ireland they have just introduced a plastic bag tax. 15c per bag, so each time you go to the supermarket, if you want three bags to carry your goods home, they add 45c to your bill. It doesnít apply to small bags for carrying fresh or hot food items.

Of course you donít have to buy the bags, you can bring your own, reuse them, and a lot of shops are selling heavy duty ones for say 30c.

I think this is one of the most ingenious taxes introduced. No one is making you pay it. Supermarket bags are an evil scourge Ė they donít break down at all, and we manufacture billions of them, throwing them away. The tax proceeds will go to an externally managed environmental fund to help in other projects.

On a funny note Iíve see people walking down the road with their shopping in a big black bin liner and also stuffing so much into one bag it inevitably splits.

Apparently a lot of other countries are looking at the tax and may introduce it if it works here.


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Old 03-15-2002, 08:52 AM   #2
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I thought this was going to be the Flat Tax.. Russia just implemented it and their economy is ROARING. Grrr.. Hahahaha.


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Old 03-15-2002, 12:32 PM   #3
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Great system, we have it here for more than 20 years or so.
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Old 03-18-2002, 05:25 PM   #4
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huh, that is a rather good idea. we used to have a big carboard box that we put our groceries in. you bought it from the store and used it instead of bagging. same concept.

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