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Bulgaria to impose tax on plastic bags in July 2011

Author: Dnevnik.bg Date: Fri, Jan 07 2011 4 Comments, 3909 Views
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Bulgaria's environment ministry is proposing to introduce the planned tax on plastic bags as of July 1 2011, local association Polymers said on January 6 2011.

The move is aimed at limiting the use of polyethylene bags in the country, the ministry said in late 2010.

The tax will be increased gradually each year in order to make plastic bags increasingly costly, with the price of one bag to be raised to 55 stotinki in 2014 from the current 15 stotinki.

According to local businesses, however, the proposed term is too short for manufacturers and retailers to adjust their operations.

Retailers will most likely cease the use of plastic bags by July and add the tax to the price of their products, which would be passed on to end users, the association's deputy chairman, Tsvetanka Todorova, said.

Source: Dnevnik.bg

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    • Anonymous
      Anti Bag Lady Rating:
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      #4 21, 17, Sat, Jan 08 2011

      Agreed, Frankx. Some retailers just can't handle the idea of selling you something and not putting it in a plastic bag. I've had to walk away from making purchases when they were being put in a bag no matter what I said. The whole world needs to be weaned off them. On average, they're used for half an hour each and then degrade over several millenia. I look forward to bag-free trees, but I'm not holding my breath.

    • Anonymous
      dougdevos Rating:
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      #3 12, 58, Sat, Jan 08 2011

      didn't you know that, sooner or later, someone somewhere would tax sex?

    • Anonymous
      Mark C. Rating:
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      #2 18, 41, Fri, Jan 07 2011

      When i first visited Bulgaria nearly 20 years ago the very idea of getting a bag of any kind with your purchase was unheard of. Everyone carried around their own shopping bags and heavy plastic bags, especially those with the logos of foreign companies, actually made excellent gifts.

    • Anonymous
      frankx Rating:
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      #1 09, 00, Fri, Jan 07 2011

      "Retailers will most likely cease the use of plastic bags by July and add the tax to the price of their products, which would be passed on to end users, the association's deputy chairman, Tsvetanka Todorova, said."

      Sorry, could you repeat that? If retailers don't buy plastic bags, they won't pay the tax so why/how would they "pass it on" to their customers?
      Fact is that it's only the supermarkets and large retailers who charge for bags and they're often reused. The real problem is surely the zillions of small flimsy bags which are [...]

      Read the full comment doled out by small shopkeepers with every sale, which gather in great piles in every household and which end up decorating trees all over the country. Tax aside, there needs to be a campaign to wean both retailers and consumers off the little buggers.

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