Time for the south to get bolshie

North Islanders’  opposition to paying for plastic bags at supermarkets led to the charge being dropped but we’re still paying 5 cents a bag in the south.

It’s amounted to $50,000 in two months. The money has gone to conservation projects and there’s been a 60% drop in plastic bag consumption.

Kent Mahon, of New World, says he believe North Islanders will accept the changes eventually.

“Once they (North Islanders) fully understand that the profits are going back into community work, such as the DOC projects, then it’s a change they’re happy to make,” he says.

Or maybe South Islanders will get bolshie and the charge will be dropped down here too.

I don’t have a problem with donations to good causes or a drop in consumption of something we might not have needed but I still object to the charge.

I prefer to make my own choices about which charities I support with my money.

And I am not at all impressed by being asked to pay for a plastic bag which I’ll reuse at least once, and often several times, when supermarkets carry on unnecessarily encasing fresh fruit and vegetables in plastic wrap and foam trays which gets chucked out as soon as I get home.

8 Responses to Time for the south to get bolshie

  1. Neil says:

    I completely agree with HP. We are paying for our bags twice now.
    When opposition came up in the North Island, Foodstuffs were very quick to take the surcharge off. With the South Island they’ll probably say”What the hell with those other islanders !”
    I have had excuses that Foodstuffs is different in both islands.
    I don’t mind paying for good causes. Why not New World use the built in margin for bags rather than effectively adding 25c for family purchases by bag charging ?


  2. JC says:

    People correctly saw that the supermarkets were simply feeding off AGW frenzy at the political level.. a frenzy they neither believe in or share, and reacted accordingly.

    Also, saying that the largess will be donated to a Govt dept for environmental “good works” put the kiss of death on it.. they pay taxes for this crap.



  3. gravedodger says:

    Its all about perception and my perception is that New World have lost a customer and Countdown have gained one, also The Warehouse lost my support when they made the similarly empty and cynical sop to the environmental bandwagon with the charge on a bag that has many uses down stream but made no effort to contain the extravagant use of unnecessary packaging thats main purpose is to promote display potential and straight out advertising. I really enjoy, when purchasing any product with packaging that is not required for travel, to remove it straight after purchase and leave it at shop counter and observe the looks on the faces of staff.
    Having complied with the stupid changes at our service club, that in our case has only had the effect of reducing the net sum of funds raised by the increased amount required to comply with the Charities Commission rules, I am still unable to find out anything about the mystery charity that N W are giving their bag money to. What is W R P of Hearne Bay doing for income these days.
    Somewhat rambling off topic here so have administered a beating to self and gone down to naughty corner to cool off.


  4. Kismet says:

    I imagine in the North Island they noted a fall in turnover – we politely expressed our annoyance to the duty manager at NW including pointing out the chicken that for some reason was not only sealed in a bag but put on a tray and encased in layers of clingfilm, and the endless amounts of vegetables packed on trays and layered with clingfilm. Then we went to Countdown. And sadly for NW we liked Countdown so their dropping the bag charges (which we reuse and do need) is too late and our grocery spend is lost to them until the point that Countdown do something irritating.


  5. Sus says:

    Correct HP.

    I’m buggered if I can see any difference to the quantity of plastic bags out there between my using my plastic supermarket bags for my kitchen binliners (which I do & always have done) — and *paying* for plastic binliners!

    And if I end up with too many supermarket bags? Well, golly gee, I take the excess back to the supermarket & deposit them in the bins provided — all nice & clean & ready for re-use.

    And I can manage to do all that without a Green MP (or Nick Smith) waving a big state-stick and/or imposing charges with which to buy votes from DOC et al.

    Who’d have thought it? :/


  6. murrayg1 says:

    they;re all made with oil, every last one. Really, the banning was always only an attempt to eucate folk, but the time for that has gone now – it was 20 years ago.
    Judging by the above comments, the education didn’t happen.
    It’s going to be interesting to watch over the next few years (anyone see that Emirates are crash-building a nuclear powerplant?)
    Time to get real, folks.


  7. gravedodger says:

    I accept your obsessive response to most posts from your perspective of a possible looming crisis with fossil fuel murrayg but we are p****d off with the totally knee jerk and token reaction of foodstuffs charging for a plastic bag for the convenient carriage of our groceries when the same supermarket uses plastics to present and display product at point of sale to the extent of OTT wasteful extravagance. By all means reduce the use of petro based plastics in the area of grocery but don’t inconvenience me while maintaining the convenient and market supported use of the same wasteful product to suit your business best practice.


  8. murrayg1 says:

    That’s about it, isn’t it? I don’t want to be inconvenienced!


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