Masset councillor working on plastic bag issue

  • Feb. 16, 2009 1:00 p.m.

Imagine an island community without plastic bags. It could be the future for Masset. Masset councillor Ed Woode says the March utilities bill will include a notice broaching the idea of a ban or a fee for plastic shopping bags for the community.”We want to see how people feel about it,” said Mr. Woode, “there are plastic bags everywhere and it is a major concern of mine.” In recent years, there’s been a growing global movement to ban or discourage plastic bags with countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and Taiwan taking action to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Many of the countries have imposed a “PlasTax” on the ubiquitous white bag in an attempt to curb its use and the amount of waste they generate. After the tax was applied in Ireland the use of plastic bags dropped by 90 percent. “There are bags in the trees on the shoreline,” said Mr. Woode, “it is an awful sight, and we can do something about it here.” All public input can be directed to Masset council.

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