Trade group attacks Scottish bag tax assessment

PLASTICS & RUBBER WEEKLY

Published: August 7, 2013 3:03 pm ET
Updated: August 7, 2013 3:07 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging Sustainability Public Policy Film & Sheet Grocery bags
Companies & Associations

The Packaging and Films Association (Pafa) has called the Scottish government's impact assessment on carrier bag charges "flawed" because it failed to take into account the success of voluntary reduction schemes and the likely effects on jobs.

Barry Turner, Pafa's chief executive, said: "This assessment admits there is 'uncertainty over a number of estimates and assumptions' yet continues to advocate punitive legislation against what it persists in calling single use bags — although more than 70 percent are actually re-used.

"It also agrees there will be 'an increase in demand for bin liners and dog waste bags' and ignores the 50 percent reduction in virgin polymer (for example through increasing recycled content) that we have achieved on a voluntary basis at no cost to the consumer."

In contrast, the proposal in Scotland will be a major cost to households, which is unnecessary and will come at a time when people can least afford it, said Pafa. The industry organization added that the costs of pushing the proposed legislation onto the political agenda have been ignored and the effects on Scottish jobs have been overlooked.

"It is now more than 10 years since the Scottish government embarked on its program to legislate against carrier bags. We have to wonder how many tens of millions of pounds of taxpayers money have been spent on getting this far when that money could have been spent on initiatives that bring true significant net environmental benefit and create jobs rather than destroy them in the 22 Scottish companies they have identified in the bag supply chain in Scotland," Turner said.


Comments

Trade group attacks Scottish bag tax assessment

PLASTICS & RUBBER WEEKLY

Published: August 7, 2013 3:03 pm ET
Updated: August 7, 2013 3:07 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Colormasters' film investments add capacity and capability

April 17, 2015 11:35 am ET

Colormasters LLC continues to invest in new film and converting capacity to keep up with demand for its flexible packaging products.    More

Image

Thailand's Royal Group adding thermoforming plant in Indiana

April 17, 2015 11:17 am ET

Royal Interpack North America Inc. is spending $12 million to make recycle-content PET clamshell containers in Anderson, Ind.    More

Image

Inteplast buys Canadian film maker Haremar, bag maker El-En

April 13, 2015 4:29 pm ET

Inteplast Group has increased its business in Canada with the acquisition of a specialty polyethylene blown film coextruder.    More

Image

Reliance finds room to grow in North Carolina

April 9, 2015 3:04 pm ET

Reliance Packaging LLC expects to grow significantly during the next three years, both in production of heavy-duty plastic bags for the lawn and...    More

Image

Silgan to hire 120 for new plant

April 9, 2015 2:57 pm ET

New details are emerging about Silgan Plastics' plans for a new production facility in Hazelwood, Mo., near St. Louis.    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events