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Offline Maik

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Plastic bag charge
« on: Thursday, 27 October, 2016 @ 17:26:23 »
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Greece to introduce plastic bag charge

A law requiring supermarkets to charge consumers between 5-10 cents per bag is expected to be tables next year.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/213169/article/ekathimerini/business/greece-to-introduce-plastic-bag-charge


Maybe I could sell some back?

Offline TonyKath

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #1 on: Friday, 28 October, 2016 @ 20:05:31 »
Likely to be enforced??!

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #2 on: Friday, 28 October, 2016 @ 20:12:41 »
Crikey - no enforcement - no law. Only going to be tabled.......

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #3 on: Saturday, 29 October, 2016 @ 13:40:43 »
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Greece to introduce plastic bag charge

A law requiring supermarkets to charge consumers between 5-10 cents per bag is expected to be tables next year.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/213169/article/ekathimerini/business/greece-to-introduce-plastic-bag-charge


Maybe I could sell some back?

It is not going to be "tables", it is going to be "shredded paper", that's a near cert...  :oki: :oki:

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #4 on: Monday, 31 October, 2016 @ 00:28:26 »
Charge for plastic bags to be introduced next month

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In a bid to reduce waste the country produces, a 0.05- to 0.1-euro charge for disposable plastic bags will be introduced at supermarkets next month, the Environment Ministry has announced.

The measure comes in response to a circular approved by European Parliament in May, 2015, whereby European Union member-states are required to reduce the annual disposal of plastic bags to 90 per person by the end of 2019 and 40 by 2025, or to ensure that a levy is introduced for plastic bags by the end of 2018.

The EU average currently stands at 198 per year per resident, while there are large discrepancies between member-states.

Denmark and Finland have already reduced their figures to just four per person annually, compared to more than 400 bags per person in countries like Portugal, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

In Greece, 242 bags are used per person on an annual basis, while in Cyprus the figure is 125.

“I believe the consumption of plastic bags in our country is higher,” said Giorgos Papatheodorou, coordinator of the Life De-Bag program. “This means we have some way to go. We must align with EU law, so that the faster we take action, the better.”

The measure has already been introduced as a pilot program on several islands, including Syros and Alonisos.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/213250/article/ekathimerini/news/charge-for-plastic-bags-to-be-introduced-next-month

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #5 on: Thursday, 08 June, 2017 @ 12:38:52 »
Now set for implementation 01/01/18 when a plastic bag will cost four cents. From 01/07/18 the cost will be eight cents:
http://www.ekathimerini.com/219048/article/ekathimerini/business/charge-aims-to-wean-greeks-off-plastic-bags


No idea why not 5c/10c  :dunno:

Offline Bryan-in-Kilkis

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #6 on: Friday, 09 June, 2017 @ 14:34:39 »
Now set for implementation 01/01/18 when a plastic bag will cost four cents. From 01/07/18 the cost will be eight cents:
http://www.ekathimerini.com/219048/article/ekathimerini/business/charge-aims-to-wean-greeks-off-plastic-bags


No idea why not 5c/10c  :dunno:

Because logic isn't a Greek word!!

Offline TonyKath

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday, 14 June, 2017 @ 13:59:50 »
Now set for implementation 01/01/18 when a plastic bag will cost four cents. From 01/07/18 the cost will be eight cents:
http://www.ekathimerini.com/219048/article/ekathimerini/business/charge-aims-to-wean-greeks-off-plastic-bags


No idea why not 5c/10c  :dunno:

Because logic isn't a Greek word!!

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Offline Maik

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #8 on: Friday, 11 August, 2017 @ 19:26:38 »
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Refundable fee on retailers' plastic bags as of Jan. 1, 2018

The Greek government this week announced that a small contributory fee will be slapped on plastic bags used in the country as of Jan. 1, 2018, a measure aimed at reining in the use of the material by super markets and other retailers. Only bags thinner than 15 mm will be exempted, a category that usually involves small plastic bags used for carrying pharmaceuticals or green groceries.

The measure, which has already been published in the relevant government gazette, mandates a fee of three (03) cents per plastic bag, but which can be redeemed via recycling.

Street-side kiosks and outdoor fruit and vegetable markets are also exempt from the measure.

The law also mandates that super markets promote biodegradable plastic bags, multiple use bags or even used plastic bags.
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1266519/refundable-fee-on-retailers-plastic-bags-as-of-Jan-1-2018

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #9 on: Saturday, 12 August, 2017 @ 00:06:13 »
Err, I think there may be a mistake in the article. 15mm, that's a fraction over half an inch, and I've never seen a bag that thick, which means all bags are exempt!

Not slitting you Maik, it's the article that's wrong. Perhaps they mean 15 micrometres.

Offline Maik

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #10 on: Saturday, 12 August, 2017 @ 01:56:52 »
I think I was envisioning plassy bags 15 mm total width, ideal for carrying individual green beans.

I know things are bad in Greece but who's going to recycle a plastic bag in order to reclaim their  3 cents?

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #11 on: Saturday, 12 August, 2017 @ 02:22:18 »
Individual green beans! Love it.

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #12 on: Saturday, 12 August, 2017 @ 17:57:19 »
Looks like my green beans will have to be sociable and share a bag with other green beans - I think that article confused 15 mm with 50 microns:

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The measure, agreed by the Finance Ministry and AADE, relates to polythene bags whose thickness is no more than 50 microns.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/220859/article/ekathimerini/business/plastic-bag-charge-to-be-introduced-from-january

There's some dis-agreement between articles:

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In a bid to reduce waste the country produces, a 0.05- to 0.1-euro charge for disposable plastic bags will be introduced at supermarkets next month.

In Greece, 242 bags are used per person on an annual basis.
ekathimerini, 30/10/16

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From January 1 next year Greeks will have to pay 3 cents for lightweight plastic bags such as those currently given away at supermarkets and other stores. The charge will rise to 0.07 euros from January 1, 2019.

At the moment each Greek uses an average of some 400 plastic bags per year.
ekathimerini, 12/08/17


So... a charge for plastic bags may be introduced (probably 01/01/18), the thickness of the bags it applies to isn't really clear, nor the price per bag...  Nor whether it'll be enforced.

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #13 on: Sunday, 13 August, 2017 @ 10:00:49 »
Yahaayy!  The cupboard under the kitchen sink's now worth around €15

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #14 on: Monday, 01 January, 2018 @ 18:55:05 »
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A three-cent fee will be imposed on all plastic bags in Greece as of Jan. 1, 2018, rising to seven cents in 2019.

Plastic bags with a thickness of less than 15 micrometers (μm) are excluded.
http://www.naftemporiki.gr/story/1304065/small-fee-on-plastic-bags-to-be-imposed-as-of-Jan-1-2018

Some news sites say 0.04€/0.08€ but most agree on 0.03€/0.07€. Be interesting to see how it will be implemented... will shops see it as another profit generator?


Might be of interest: http://www.plasticfreegreece.com

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #15 on: Thursday, 04 January, 2018 @ 18:16:33 »
It's 3 cents but with 24% VAT it's rounded up to the stated 4 cents. (which is what Lidl have charged for years).
Will rise later as planned. Then maybe staggered like water cubic metres.
9 cents for the 1st plastic bag, 15 for the second...... etc. etc. :wacko:

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #16 on: Friday, 02 February, 2018 @ 17:47:24 »
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Greeks breaking plastic bag habit

Just a month in, an initiative aimed at reducing consumers’ dependence on plastic carrier bags by charging for them appears to be bearing fruit, as some supermarkets have recorded a drop of as much as 50 percent.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/225441/article/ekathimerini/news/greeks-breaking-plastic-bag-habit

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #17 on: Friday, 23 March, 2018 @ 16:20:11 »
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Plastic bag companies see 80 pct drop in output

Greek plastic bag industries are reporting an annual decline in output by 80 percent in the first quarter of the year as a result of the imposition of an environmental tax on the commodity from January 1, 2018.

This dramatic shrinking in production is about to lead to the shutdown of at least three small companies in the sector, according to informed sources.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/227027/article/ekathimerini/business/plastic-bag-companies-see-80-pct-drop-in-output

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #18 on: Sunday, 29 April, 2018 @ 01:42:37 »
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Revenues from plastic bag charge put at 2.5 mln euros

Market experts say that revenues from the sale of plastic bags at shops and supermarkets have reached around 2.5 million euros since the initiative was launched on January 1.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/228128/article/ekathimerini/news/revenues-from-plastic-bag-charge-put-at-25-mln-euros

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday, 06 June, 2018 @ 20:42:46 »
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Revenues from plastic bag levy reach 4 mln since Jan. 1

Revenues from the sale of plastic bags at Greek supermarkets have reached about 4 million euros since the initiative was launched on January 1, according to the Research Institute of Retail Consumer Goods (IELKA).

... the volume of plastic bags made available at supermarkets dropped by 76 percent in the first quarter.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/229329/article/ekathimerini/news/revenues-from-plastic-bag-levy-reach-4-mln-since-jan-1

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« Reply #20 on: Thursday, 07 June, 2018 @ 13:36:29 »
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Plastic bag makers protest 2019 levy hike

Three plastic bag manufacturers have shut down, output in the industry has dropped 80 percent and workers are being laid off as the plastics sector reels from the 0.04-euro environmental levy slapped on each single-use plastic bag since January 1.
http://www.ekathimerini.com/229359/article/ekathimerini/business/plastic-bag-makers-protest-2019-levy-hike

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Re: Plastic bag charge
« Reply #21 on: Thursday, 07 June, 2018 @ 13:55:24 »
Why is it that a charge of 5p or 9c can put us off buying a plastic bag??! We could well have £20 worth of stuff in the bag and doesn't a debit card transaction at the till cost something like 25p.

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