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[GreenYes] Fwd: Ireland tax on supermarket bags

>In Ireland, the question "paper or plastic?" has become all but
>obsolete after the introduction last March of a tax on supermarket
>bags.  Irish Environment Minister Martin Cullen announced this week
>that the tax has been highly successful, with the amount of plastic
>bags provided by grocery stores dropping 90 percent after the tax was
>enacted, from an estimated 1.2 billion bags per year.  Moreover, the
>tax put $3.4 million into national coffers; the money will be spent
>on protecting the environment.  "The reduction has been immediate and
>the positive visual impact on the environment is plain to see,"
>Cullen said.  Inspired by the Irish success, British Environment
>Minister Michael Meacher hopes to implement a similar plan in Britain.
>straight to the source:  London Guardian, Julian Glover, 20 Aug 2002

>From: "Tedd Ward" <>
>Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 09:58:22 -0700
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> >From Sandra Jerabek, 707 465-4440
>or at The Goose Nest / Redwood Economic Development Institute
>707 465-0888, 140A Marine Way, Crescent City, CA  95531

Gary Liss
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