Double your money………….. aka tax.

In October 2015, a charge of 5p was imposed on plastic carrier bags supplied by major retailers in the UK, although Wales had already implemented this charge the year before.
The idea was that the money raised from the sale of these bags was to be donated to good causes as it doesn’t go to the Government (link).
Hm. If the revenue was included in profits and turnover, surely the company would be taxed on it and so………… the Government get their cut.
Anyway, it has been decided to double the charge to a minimum of 10p in a bid to combat plastic pollution.
We always recycled our bags anyway, though you could argue that eventually putting them in the household waste as a bin liner sort of defeats the object.
I now carry two handy bag-in-a-bag bags on my handbag so don’t need to use the shop carriers anymore.
IMO, best to scrap plastic bags altogether and reintroduce the paper sacks of yesteryear as there is a gap in the market which needs to be explored.

Now all that’s needed is for someone to concentrate on the plastic packaging our foods come in.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to Double your money………….. aka tax.

  1. I hadn’t heard of the extra charges.. But it doesn’t surprise me.. I have two linen carrier bags inside my shopping bag at all times and use them.. But like you, I always recycle plastic.. Its not the consumers who want to cut down plastic but the manufactures of packages.. Look at the amount of plastic package we throw away when we buy an item that is compressed into a plastic bubble you fight your way to get into..
    I also have some of those little silk bags that fold up to the size of pocket handkerchiefs 🙂
    Have a relaxing Sunday.. The rain has already begun here this morning..

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