on paper and plastic bags have been around for a few years now, and the
implementation has had varying degrees of success around the world. In the UK,
government plans extended the jurisdiction of the charge to businesses with 250
employees or fewer, this means more businesses will need to consider how they
spend money that is received from paper bags; but where is the money spent on
the paper bag charge currently?
- The proceeds of the charge are expected to go to ‘good
on single-use paper and plastic bags was
introduced in part to try and influence the public to stop buying them and move
onto greener and reusable alternatives. To a large extent, this has been
successful however the money raised through the continued use of paper bags is
expected to go towards ‘good causes’.
company that has pledged to put the money to good use is Fred Meyer, the
‘Hypermarket store’ has stated that the money it raises from the paper bag
charge will go towards initiatives such as a ‘waste prevention too’ in addition
to wider sustainable packaging and sustainable vendor delivery schemes.
- Deductions can be made to account for the cost of the paper
Whilst some business have
directed funding from the bags to ethical ventures aimed at planting trees and
forest preservation, many jurisdictions allow retailers to use the charge to
cover the cost of the bag. However, in many cases, the charge does supplement
the total cost of the bags. Not having the charge could cost your business more
in the long run. In the UK a £20,000 always companies found to
not be implementing the charge.
Are paper bags a worthwhile investment for my business?
it comes to doing the best for your business, it is important to read the
market and react accordingly. Paper
bags are becoming increasingly
popular around the world and are often seen as a more ‘high quality’ product
than their plastic counterparts. If you are a retail business that has
introduced a charge on paper bags, going through a high-quality supplier will
be a good way to ensure your customers get the best value for money.