Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Recycling To Get More Expensive?

I'm sure it will, regardless, if only from the glut of recyclables on the market right now but I'm not sure what to think of this new development. Looks like the Governator wants to levy a charge of 25 cents on plastic shopping bags. The reason supposedly being to fund recycling efforts.

What isn't said is that the state's Beverage Container Recycling Fund went bust and it wasn't just because of lack of revenues from the recession. They looted the fund to help close the state's deficit.


So, seems to me, they've tasted blood. Now that the state has used recycling money for general funding, I can't imagine they won't be looking again at this source of revenue. Now they're working on plastic bags. Will an extra dollar fee be added now and again to our mandatory recycling rates? It won't surprise me at all and you can't help but wonder if this is one of the reasons so many are pushing for mandatory recycling in the first place: A new source of revenue.

4 Comments:

At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Mr. Nice said...

At least this is an easy tax to get out of paying. I only wish you could dodge sales tax with a few cloth sacks.

 
At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most grocery stores in central Europe charge at least 5 cents euro for a standard plastic shopping bag. Just about everyone I see in grocery stores there bring their own bags. Hard to argue with the result.

 
At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most grocery stores in central Europe charge at least 5 cents euro for a standard plastic shopping bag. Just about everyone I see in grocery stores there bring their own bags. Hard to argue with the result.

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Stores here charge for the bags. It's just not something you see up front but, as mentioned here earlier, many stores give you money back for using your own bag.

 

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