LONDON (July 16, 11:45 a.m. ET) — The Plastics 2020 Challenge, which includes the British Plastics Federation, Britain's Packaging and Films Association and PlasticsEurope, has slammed anti-bag campaigners in Northern Ireland for scaremongering tactics.
Lobbyists for a plastic bag tax in Northern Ireland are using the global issue of marine litter to divert attention from the resource efficiency properties of plastic carrier bags, according to Plastics 2020 Challenge
Barry Turner of the Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) said: “This is a transparent and blatant PR move aimed at playing on emotions by suggesting that marine wildlife is under global threat from plastic carrier bags used by the people of Northern Ireland for carrying their shopping home.
“It's a feeble attempt to justify a tax at a time when people can least afford it. The Plastics 2020 Challenge takes the litter problem very seriously and is involved in diverting plastic waste from landfill and in educating school children to recycle their used plastics packaging instead of littering them.”
PlasticsEurope's Jan-Erik Johansson said a bag levy is not a solution to the problem of “poor waste management, a lack of waste bins and irresponsible behavior.”
Philip Law, the BPF's public and industrial affairs director, said plastic bags are better than alternatives from a “functional, environmental and hygienic point of view.
“Authoritative and independent studies back this up,” he added.