Saturday, February 2, 2008

Plastic Bag Use in Ireland Essentially Eliminated After Plastic Bag Tax

In 2002, Ireland put a tax on plastic bags because of environmental concerns. On a separate note, last year, the same country announced plans to tax cars based on lightbulbs and a decision to ban incandescent lightbulbs.

We'd like to update the tax on plastic bags story. Within weeks of the tax being implemented, plastic bag use dropped 94%. Within a year, nearly everyone stopped using plastic bags.

Success? Definitely.

Via :: NYT


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