It’s about time: a tax on plastic bags is being introduced in Ireland:
"The 13 cents per bag levy, thought to be one of the EU’s first of its type, is meant to pare way back the 1.2 billion bags given out annually in the state of 3.8 million residents."
I’ve often thought that charging money for plastic bags would single-handedly clean up the Irish landscape. It’s depressing, taking the train from Cobh to Cork, to see the sheer quantity of plastic that clogs the river Lee.
Of course, in a nation of moaners, some people are upset. Stop using plastic bags, then. Or at least stop using each time you buy one single item in a shop.
After living in Germany, going back to England and Ireland is like going into the past, environmentally speaking. As for the States… don’t even get me started!