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Bag fee in stages

LISA KING, [email protected]

Bag fee in stages

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SOME BUSINESSES are already charging the 15-cent plastic bag fee and have been doing so since May, while others are awaiting their branded reusable bags before they start charging for single-use plastic bags.

The introduction of a fee was an initiative of the Plastic Bag Deterrent Working Group, which comprised the Future Centre, retailers and BICO and was announced last November.

Director of the Future Centre Trust, Kammie Holder, said they had ordered the bags for different supermarkets and different retailers, but some bags take eight to ten weeks to arrive here.

He said Jordans Supermarket ordered over 5 000 bags while Massy ordered 80 000, and some stores have ordered bags, but said they will give the first set away for free and then charge for extras. (LK)

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