6 thoughts on “Plastic bags – why should we care?”

  1. Posted 07/06/2014 at 19:28 | Permalink

    Points well made, however I would add that the stated use of this tax (that comes into effect in October in Scotland) is to use the bulk of the proceeds to give to worthy causes.

    http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/16693/plastic_bag_tax_to_raise_70m_for_charity

    As yet I have not seen which charities will benefit. My gut tells me some will be diverted to fakes like CRUK and ASH.

    All the more reason to keep it local and allow customers of individual supermarkets to decide which charity, or worthy cause, in their area should benefit.

    Furthermore if the Irish example is anything to go by, the tax has had to be increased at regular intervals to maintain their “donations” to worthy causes. Something I expect to see in Scotland by 2016.

    But folks will find a way round this. And all are massively more wasteful.

    http://www.allaboutbags.ca/irelandandlitter.html

  2. Posted 09/06/2014 at 10:23 | Permalink

    A shoplifter’s dream as the lug their capacious bags round the store.

  3. Posted 09/06/2014 at 10:32 | Permalink

    Given all the “single use” transit & shelf display card & paper packaging that still exists in supermarkets why not recycle this into paper carrier bags. They could be of thicker quality to offset fact they are paper & not plastic so as not to give way on a first (single trip)

    Any that weren’t wanted could then be put out with the “green” waste (food & garden) collection to be composted for the Biogas via AD process. With dry food waste they could even have the food put inside them so as to help to keep bottom of green bin clean & smell free

  4. Posted 05/10/2015 at 07:50 | Permalink

    Quote: It also shows how regulations become captured and shaped according to the interests of certain groups. Comment: Who cares at the end of the day there are too many bags clogging up the system and encouraging waste as they are simply just thrown into landfill. Forget the damage done to wildlife, and the universe, we need to be more conscious of recycling generally.
    Quote: The costs, the behavioural changes which may result Comment. Living in Wales where it has been in force for a while now, the only behavioural changes have been very positive. Every shopper you see people entering shops with reusable bags. Plastic bag use is down dramatically and by default so is the environmental impact.
    Quote: But there might also be a minor effect in terms of slower moving check-out processes, as shoppers attempt to squeeze more goods into each bag, Comment: Wrong, just go to a checkout at Aldi in Wales, in fact it is even faster. Also Tesco are pirating a trusted shopper scan system at my local supermarket, where as you pick goods off the shelf, you scan with a hand held scanner and place it directly in your own reusable bag in the trolley, then at checkout, just download the whole shop and pay, without even ever touching the goods.
    I would love to go on showing how pitiful this complaining piece is but I have much better things to do. I will however leave a closing comment, NO WONDER ENGLAND LAST WON THE FOOTBALL WOLD CUP IN 1966 and are the FIRST HOST NATION TO NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THE FIRST ROUND THIS YEAR IN RUGBY, WHEN YOU CANNOT EVEN GET YOUR HEADS ROUND THE BENEFITS OF NOT WASTING PLASTIC AND POLUTING THE ENVIROMENT.

  5. Posted 05/10/2015 at 07:51 | Permalink

    Quote: It also shows how regulations become captured and shaped according to the interests of certain groups. Comment: Who cares at the end of the day there are too many bags clogging up the system and encouraging waste as they are simply just thrown into landfill. Forget the damage done to wildlife, and the universe, we need to be more conscious of recycling generally.
    Quote: The costs, the behavioural changes which may result Comment. Living in Wales where it has been in force for a while now, the only behavioural changes have been very positive. Every shopper you see people entering shops with reusable bags. Plastic bag use is down dramatically and by default so is the environmental impact.
    Quote: But there might also be a minor effect in terms of slower moving check-out processes, as shoppers attempt to squeeze more goods into each bag, Comment: Wrong, just go to a checkout at Aldi in Wales, in fact it is even faster. Also Tesco are pirating a trusted shopper scan system at my local supermarket, where as you pick goods off the shelf, you scan with a hand held scanner and place it directly in your own reusable bag in the trolley, then at checkout, just download the whole shop and pay, without even ever touching the goods.
    I would love to go on showing how pitiful this complaining piece is but I have much better things to do. I will however leave a closing comment, NO WONDER ENGLAND LAST WON THE FOOTBALL WOLD CUP IN 1966 and are the FIRST HOST NATION TO NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THE FIRST ROUND THIS YEAR IN RUGBY, WHEN YOU CANNOT EVEN GET YOUR HEADS ROUND THE BENEFITS OF NOT WASTING PLASTIC AND POLUTING THE ENVIROMENT.

  6. Posted 05/10/2015 at 09:40 | Permalink

    I live on a small rural Council estate in the shires. About twice a month i.e. 24 times a year, we receive plastic bags within plastic bags from charities asking for them to be filled with unwanted clothes. If unused, the charities ask that the bags be placed outside addresses in order that they might be re-collected and (presumably) re-used. Never, in 5 years of living at my address have any of these empty bags been collected. Consequently they are dumped in with general waste. If we assume that, say, 40 million of the 60 million homes in this Country are similarly visited, the number of bags that go to landfill in this scenario are, the calculator on my mobile tells me, “Out of range”.

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