04 February 2009 01:48 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--A proposed $100m (€78m) plastic bag tax in New York City’s draft 2010 budget would undermine the city’s existing bag recycling program by driving consumers to use tax-free paper bags, an American Chemistry Council (ACC) official said on Tuesday.
“We don’t see [the bag tax] as a workable solution to dealing with litter or waste. We support an overall waste management approach of reusing and recycling bags,” said Shari Jackson, director of the Progressive Bag Affiliates (PBA), which represents plastic-bag suppliers and recyclers covering 90% of the ?xml:namespace>
The budget proposal would place a 5-cent tax on each plastic grocery and retail bag.
A similar tax in
Plastic bag and film recycling increased by 24% to a record high of 812m lb (368,000 tonnes) in 2006, according to the ACC.
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