Irish bag tax keeps going up & pushes use of other plastic bags

Hilex Poly

Hilex Poly is rolling out a campaign to explain why it’s important to say no to bans and taxes on your grocery bags. The campaign has introduced their first infographic, the first in a series, that explains the negative effects of plastic bag bans and taxes on U.S. jobs and the economy.

The campaign will explain how bag bans and taxes are hurting economies, increasing costs and inconveniencing consumers throughout the world.

The first infographic shows how Ireland’s bag tax started at $0.15 in 2002 and jumped to $0.22 by 2007. It also shows that the bag tax in Ireland increased the sale of other plastic bags, like garbage bags, by 400%.

Bag the Ban is a project of Hilex Poly, a manufacturer of recycled bags, films and related products. A US-based company with more than 1,250 US employees, Hilex is also an environmental innovator—they created the world’s largest closed loop plastic bag recycling plant, which recycled more than 20 million pounds of post-consumer bags and films in 2010 alone. Hilex is also a participant and endorser of the EPA’s WasteWise Program.

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  • Bob Clark

    City of Portland is likely next target for plastic bag ban since Mayor Adams needs to sell his “green” credentials heading into his 2012 re-election effort.  We could get lucky and Adams snag a “green” PR post in another local.  There is some speculation this is why he is hob knobbing around nationally and internationally.  If we could just find someone more fiscally and economically balanced then the current mayorial field, stump town might actually become more tolerable.

    • just doing the math

      Who would you suggest?  As I look at yet another flyer for an expansion
      of the urban renewal program, is there not just one candidate who is
      fiscally more creative at generating money in other ways than from
      our homes?

  • Bagwhan

    We need the bag tax so people will not throw these plastic bags all over the place. Just the other day I saw a homeless guy huffing something using a discarded plastic bag. He will kill himself doing this. If the bag was natural fiber, it would leak and he could not do the drugs, so I say kill the plastic bags no matter what the cost.

  • Weeone

    Aye me laddies. We Irish are a proud folk. Our bags may be expensive, but ooooh, the beer here is fantastic!
    In fact, we are usually so in the bag we don’t care how much be the cost o’ the bag!!

    • Rupert in Springfield

      I am consistently surprised when this sort of talk is still considered ok by some. Please, move out of the stone age. Thanks.

      • 3H

        “I am consistently surprised when this sort of talk is still considered ok by some.”  Really.  You of all people are not in a position to be lecturing.

      • Weeone

        So now you are accusing the Irish of living in the stone age.
        Hold it back!
        We are offended.
        Bottoms up!

  • Jw20000

    I am amazed how Greenwashing has influenced public opinion against plastic shopping bags world wide. Read any Environmental Impact Statement or Life Cycle Analysis by reputable scientific groups and you find the 6 gram plastic bag is the most environmental solution to carting groceries home. No pollution. No deforestation. Minimum landfill impact. So many urban myths abound that the general population has no idea what they are doing. Those 99 cent 130 gram reusable bags would have to be used 362 times just to break even with a 6 gram bag that is reused for household trash.(2007 UK EIS) They don’t last that long. They are made of plastic fibers. It is a sad commentary on environmental activism when every group promotes sweatshop exploitation of Asian families just to feel good about shopping bags. Those 99 cent bags leave just 5 cents for a workers wage to cut and sew all of those parts. Can you feed your family on 40 cents per hour? Essentially slave labor is required to make them. Google is the problem. The Google search function places the most frequent pages at the top. If those pages are false stories, Greenwashing fiction, then everyone is fooled by the Great Lies that abound. I have read all of the EIS’s worldwide. This is not a debatable issue unless you also read the same factual information.

    • valley dude

      So all those little formerly free plastic bags I have to pick up alongside my rural road every few weeks are a figment of my imagination? Maybe I should have used google instead of a grabber. 

      • MyOwnMan

        How nice of you to pick them up.
        Why not arrest those who drop them out the window and leave the rest of us alone with your constant meddling?

        • valley dude

          Ho many cops would that take? I live in a rural area with infrequent patrols. 

      • Joe

        Yeah, I pick up a few bags in front of my house every week as well. However, it aint the bags fault that put it there. I say recycle the dumba$$ that threw it there. You will never legislate away stupidity, but you can legislate stupidly. We see evidence of that every time the legislature meets!

        • valley dude

          So plastic bags are not pollution, people are pollution?

  • Bagwhan

    If a 15 cent tax is good then a dollar tax would be even better.
    If you don’t want these bags around simply outlaw them.
    You idiots.

  • Homelessnomore

    I love taxes. They help the little people like me. I will collect these bags and sell them to the shoppers so they can avoid the tax. I live on the bottle bill. This will only help.
    You may have seen me. I used to be homeless, but the Bud Clark thing is really cool.

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