The ban on plastic bags in Australia is doing more harm than good because customers are simply buying alternatives that are ONLY harmful to the environment
- Supermarkets Coles and Woolworths banned single-use plastic bags in July 2018
- New research has shown that changes can be a problem for substitutes
- Rebecca Taylor found that the bag encouraged prohibited messengers to buy garbage bags
The ban on plastic bags in Australia could do more harm than good because customers simply purchase other alternatives for one-time use.
Coles and Woolworths banned disposable plastic single-use bags in July 2018 due to the increasing pressure to tackle plastic waste.
Rebecca Taylor, lecturer in economics at the University of Sydney, has investigated the benefits of the ban.
Coles and Woolworths banned disposable plastic disposable bags in July 2018 due to increasing pressure to tackle plastic waste
Dr. Taylor turned her attention to California and compared the use of bags before and after bans.
The investigation found that the bans significantly reduced the number of plastic shopping bags, but increased the sales of garbage bags.
& # 39; I think the elimination of 40 million pounds of plastic carrier bags is offset by an increase in the purchase of garbage bags by 12 million pounds, ”she wrote.
According to the findings, sales of small garbage bags increased by 120 percent during the ban, while medium and large bags increased by 64 percent and six percent respectively.
Before regulation, 12 to 22 percent of customers used their single-use shopping bags as garbage bags throughout the house.
& # 39; With a substantial proportion of the carry bags that have already been reused in a way that has avoided the production and purchase of another plastic bag, policy evaluations that ignore the leak effects overestimate the welfare gains of regulation. & # 39;
The investigation found that the bans significantly reduced the number of plastic shopping bags, but increased the sales of garbage bags. Pictured: a customer uses reusable bags after shopping at Coles
Speak with sunrise on Friday morning, Dr. Taylor said: & # 39; My research shows that this policy was very successful in reducing the number of used shopping bags, but the sales of garbage bags are rising. & # 39;
& # 39; 30 percent of the plastic that was eliminated in the ban comes back in the form of garbage bags. & # 39;
Dr. Taylor said that reuse of plastic bags before the ban was higher for people who also bought items for babies and pets, as well as bargain customers, because they would reuse shopping bags for their waste.
& # 39; If we don't consider the thickness and type of bags that we are replacing, we can significantly overestimate the benefits of the policy & # 39 ;, she said.
Rebecca Taylor, an economics teacher at the University of Sydney, became intrigued by shoppers' trends after banning plastic bags and decided to investigate & # 39; plastic leakage & # 39;
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