The environment ministry first considered how to reduce the use of plastic bags and their environmental impacts in 1998. Public consultation in 1999 showed support for a tax and last June the government gave approval in principle for introduction of a euros 0.13 (I£0.10) per bag charge (ENDS Daily 23 June 2000).
Industry groups oppose the move, which they claim is environmentally unjustified. Other EU member states had shied away from this kind of action, a plastics industry source told ENDS Daily, because life-cycle comparisons of plastic versus paper bags had shown the former to be less environmentally damaging.
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