Support for plastic bag levy

Waikato regional councillors have thrown their weight behind remits pushing for a levy of plastic shopping bags and a re-introduction of subsidies for water and wastewater schemes.
The remits are being considered by Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) at its annual general meeting in Rotorua on 19 July.
Last week’s regional council meeting agreed to support the remits. A plastic shopping bag levy has been proposed by Palmerston North City Council, asking that central Government impose a compulsory levy on plastic bags at point of sale to help deter their use.
A report to the regional council said that “overseas a levy is becoming more common and has generally been successful in reducing usage”.
Councillors also supported a suggestion that LGNZ urgently engages with central Government about re-introducing water supply and wastewater services subsidy schemes.

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