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20¢ plastic bag penalty

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

20¢ plastic bag penalty

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BARBADIAN SHOPPERS will find themselves paying for the plastic shopping bags that hold their purchases from supermarkets and other retail outlets, beginning May 1.

That is, if they don’t travel with some other means of toting their items.

A 20 cents charge per bag is being introduced as part of a private sector initiative, led by BICO Limited. It is intended to be a deterrent to the use of plastic bags, which have been identified as a major environmental hazard in Barbados.

Making the announcement yesterday, BICO general manager Joanne Pooler said her company had managed to persuade supermarkets, hardware and department stores to buy into the idea that should force shoppers to use more reusable bags and significantly cut down on the number of plastic bags being carelessly dumped. (GC)

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.