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.