Manufacturers of potentially reuseable waste items (like plastic containers) should be forced to pay for the cost of collection and disposal of those items.?
On average, everyone agrees with nonconsensus between 302 voters.
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Manufacturers of potentially reuseable waste items (like plastic containers) should be forced to pay for the cost of collection and disposal of those items.
Reasons To Disagree
There is no realistic way in which this policy could be imposed on the manufacturers of imported goods, the policy is thus at best idealistic.
14 February 2006
This will only increase the price of the product contained within the packaging which in turn means that the comsumer will pay the tax which really means that the manufacturer won't really care. When will people learn that imposinbg taxes is a short sighted answer from short sighted people.
24 April 2006
Again, they would just pass this cost on to the consumer. We need ways to legislate what the corporations can and cannot pass on.
10 November 2006
da government should do something useful with our money for once after all they are one of the main reasons we have so much plastic round
1 May 2008
People have to learn to take responsibility for their own actions. You buy the plastic containers, you recycle them. Don't leave it to the manufacturer to wipe your bum for you
29 June 2009
Typical - force this, compel that, impose yet another silly restriction on the productive. Can't you understand - it's Joe Public who has to bear the cost - every last cent!
22 December 2009
Reasons To Agree
Yes, add a tax to create an incentive to either use more recyclable materials or packaging that facilitates recycling. Bring back economic incentives to return/recycle packaging - like a significant refund on returned bottles and cans - then folks will pay much more attention to reducing their waste.
13 August 2005
YES - this would lead to more sustainable and minimal packaging being used! BRING BACK GLASS MILK BOTTLES!
24 March 2006
I very strongly agree with this. Non-renewable resources should not be used for throw-away packaging. Your grand-children will be justified in asking you why we threw away their resources.
10 October 2010
Reasons for Remain Neutral
In the case of plastic shopping bags - the kind given out at the supermarket - I believe the user has the responsibility to pay for the environmental damage they are causing. In 2002 Ireland introduced a plastic bag levy and dropped their plastic bag usage by 90%. We can expect a similar result in NZ - if we were to adopt a plastic bag levy of around 30c an bag we would prevent around 900 million plastic bags becoming waste in NZ each year. This is worth doing. Check out www.bagtax.org.nz to find out more about the campaign.
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