This doesn\’t look good.
Customers in Wales are to be charged up to 15p per carrier bag.
Other parts of Britain are expected to folbow by introducing the tax aimed at reducing the number of plastic bags which take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade.
They don\’t take 1,000 years to degrade, but that\’s not the important point here.
Ireland launched a 15 cent bag tax in 2002 – cutting their use by 90 per cent and reducing litter.
I\’m pretty sure there\’s a report out there actually looking at total plastic bag use in Ireland after the change and it led to an increase in total usage, not a fall. Anyone remember what it was called?