Echo letter: What happens after we get charged?
IN a recent edition, you wrote that a majority of people are in favour of shops charging 5p for every plastic carrier bag in order to reduce waste (Echo, September 24).
A good idea – but "what happens next"?
Assuming the cost of plastic bags is already included in the price we pay for goods bought, will we get 5p knocked off the price for each plastic bag we reuse?
And if so: what happens if we have, say, ten empty, old plastic bags and we buy ten articles and put one article in each bag – do we get 50p off? Probably not, but that would mean someone would have to check – and decide – when a bag is "full".
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If we think we have queues at check-outs now...
When we first experienced this charge, in Cardiff, we asked the shop assistant why, and he said it was for "environmental reasons".
When we asked who got the money they charged for the bags, he didn't know.
If it is for "environmental reasons", this would seem to indicate that someone from an "environmental body" or other must keep a check on exactly how many plastic bags every shop buys in and sells in order to establish how much money is due.
If so, at what cost? But perhaps it is much simpler tan that.
Tore Fauske, Woodmancote