I like this idea a lot:
Shoppers in Hong Kong are to be made to pay a tax on every plastic bag they take home in an effort to cut down on environmental pollution, officials said Monday. The government of the city of 6.9 million is to impose a charge of 50 Hong Kong dollars (0.60 US dollar) on plastic bags given out by supermarkets and retail chain stores after a successful trial in the city’s supermarkets.
Estimates by environmentalists suggest that Hong Kong people – who do not have a reputation for environmental friendliness, throw away 8 billion plastic shopping bags a year – or more than three bags per person per day.
The new tax, which will raise money for environmental projects in the territory, follows the success of a monthly “no plastic bag day” when shoppers were made to pay for any plastic bags they took away from supermarkets.
I think that Bangalore could benefit from this sort of legislation as well. The amount of plastic that we generate is huge. Mumbai is another city which would benefit–at least one beach was captured on film recently and it seemed to be swimming (unintended pun) in plastic.
I try and carry a cloth bag when I go shopping but I do get plastic bags every now and then, I’m ashamed to say. They are recycled but there’s only so much you can recycle.
And who knows what happens to the plastic once it goes out of our hands. Garbage to landfills to ground water to (drinking water or food) to us. Not good.
PS: I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but you don’t get plastic bags in Panaji market (or anywhere in Panaji I think). You carry your own bag or they wrap stuff in paper. You learn in a hurry to carry your own bags.