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.