As the effects of the plastic bag tax wears off, the latest figures show that the number of bags being paid for are up almost 15% year on year. Add this to widespread reports of shops issuing bags without any charge, and Ireland's pioneering tax is in trouble. FIE supports Friends of the Earth's call for a doubling of the tax. And we repeat our own call for the government, having failed to carry through with the chewing gum levy and the cash machine receipts, to address the use of returnable bottles.
As the effects of the plastic bag tax wears off, the latest figures show that the number of bags being paid for are up almost 15% year on year. Add this to widespread reports of shops issuing bags without any charge, and Ireland's pioneering tax is in trouble. FIE supports Friends of the Earth's call for a doubling of the tax. And we repeat our own call for the government, having failed to carry through with the chewing gum levy and the cash machine receipts, to address the use of returnable bottles.
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