Government wants a new tax on plastic bags, produces no evidence for reasons why

The government has announced a willingness to add a new tax. With a bunch of socialists on power what else would you expect.

This one won’t go through the tax working group though.

The Government seems poised to tackle plastic bags.

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said she was actively looking at options for the phase out of single-use plastic bags. “Our throwaway culture and plastic waste is having catastrophic effects on marine wildlife and the oceans,” Sage said.

Really? Since most plastic bags go into landfill quite how that is causing catastrophic effect on marine wildlife is beyond me.

It comes shortly after our Bags Not campaign laid out the environmental damage caused by single-use bags, as well as the public support behind action.

Sage said that one of the Green Party’s confidence and supply agreement goals with Labour was to significantly reduce waste going to landfill. The minister has also recently indicated support for action on disposable coffee cups.

So, they are going into landfill…not the oceans. Why the tax?

And as for using washable coffee cups…oh puulllease.

“Companies like Progressives, Foodstuffs, Mitre 10 and Z Energy are showing great leadership phasing out bags. The supermarkets’ initiatives will cut use of single-use plastic bags by 75%,” Sage said.

So why subsidise their power point for rich pricks in electric cars? They’ve responded without subsidies here.

“Retailers have picked up the Environment Ministry’s soft plastics scheme which gives some people places to take bags for recycling.

I place my used plastic bags in convenient wheelie bins designed just for this purpose.

“These initiatives on their own aren’t enough. Plastic bags, which are used once and thrown away, need to be phased out.”

Why? There are heaps of holes in the ground that need filling. Why don’t they burn the rubbish and generate power?

She told TVNZ she was in the process of lining up a law change by reviewing our waste management legislation. “We’re looking with the ministry at what we can do [about plastic bags],” she said.

The only solution will be a tax, mark my words.



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