5p Plastic Bag Tax

Charge 5p per plastic bag as per UK and most of the developed world.

2017 & the IOM still refuses its responsibilities.

Why the contribution is important

Financially this will not have an impact to the government funds.

The 5p tax is used to assist local charities (noted some IOM supermarkets do & some don't).

It will also reduce litter and educate IOM residents of their environmental responsibility.

by Bonnag on April 11, 2017 at 02:21PM

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Average rating: 3.6
Based on: 12 votes


  • Posted by ManxVoter April 11, 2017 at 15:04

    If we are to pay a 5p per bag 'donation' then it must go to clearing plastics from our seas - nothing else
  • Posted by Hard_Pressed_Taxpayer April 11, 2017 at 16:18

    "Financially this will not have an impact to the government funds."

    Therefore it is totally irrelevant to the purpose of this exercise.
  • Posted by xt512 April 11, 2017 at 18:02

    Sorry do not agree with hard pressed taxpayer the tax is to try and get people not to take bags in the first place, since its introduction in the uk I do not see as many bags littering the environment there as I do here. There is a cost to clean them up so less litter to pick up is a cost saving. How about a tax on plastic bottles and cans with a deposit scheme.
  • Posted by x April 11, 2017 at 21:45

    very good idea. it will deter people from taking unnecessary bags that they just throw away (in best case in the bin, in worst case somewhere else). It would indirectly help with keeping the streets cleaner with less garbage, although the main gain is the environmental impact
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 11, 2017 at 23:00

    The only way I can see of making money for government is if they 'taxed' the shops and supermarkets that provide carrier bags, There would be an instant charge from them passed on to the customer to recoup their loss via a 5p 'donation'!
    Have to say I don't understand why the likes of Tesco do charge in England and not here as yet.
  • Posted by rosaliemscott April 12, 2017 at 14:10

    Plastic carrier bags should be banned except where special permission is given, i.e. for greasy take-out foods etc. and even then the bags should be eco-friendly and biodegradable. If a ban is not viable yet, then 5p a bag is not enough. It should be at least 10p, with the mney going towards clearing up our shores and seas.
  • Posted by madeleine April 16, 2017 at 00:31

    The Island/government should produce and launch the 5p/10p brown paper bag complete with unique Isle of Man logo (perhaps linking to our biosphere status) and distribute widely. I believe this would be well received by the Manx public and have a sample I have brought back from a German supermarket where both the brown paper bag and the reusable (non plastic) shopping bags are available. Interestingly plastic bags are no longer available. Money raised could go to local conservation projects.
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 16, 2017 at 16:19

    Yep Government has to be involved in this.I reuse any plastic bags as waste disposal bags but my goal is to cut it to nothing.Not that hard as when I empty my cloth shopping bags,I put them inside each other and put them in the porch so being there reminds me next time I go out to put them in the car!
    What did we do before plastic bags? We used cloth ones of course and no one had an issue with it. Being given for free is what did the damage to our thinking and now we expect it,for shops fear we will go elsewhere if no carriers given.
  • Posted by Walkerannie April 18, 2017 at 11:17

    It might not raise much revenue but we urgently need to address this issue. Our seas are so blighted with such rubbish and as an island surely we should take a moral stand.
  • Posted by PH April 21, 2017 at 13:38

    This is a revenue raising as opposed to a cost saving measure. That said, I would strongly oppose any plastic bag tax at this time as I believe that the Government should take a stand with suppliers/retailers ( in terms of veg, milk, meat etc. the Government could easily engage in dialogue with local suppliers) in the first instance as the UK Government should have done so before introducing the tax. Before any tax is introduced, they should be made to reduce or remove the amount of packaging that they put on or around items. For example, why should any vegetables or fruit be pre-packed at all with plastic trays and cling film when the customer could easily select them and put them in a brown paper bag. Milk could be sold in glass bottles which could be returned, etc. Why penalise the consumer first when the producers/suppliers are at fault.
  • Posted by Steve May 15, 2017 at 01:15

    Not a good idea unless you offer a Bag for Life alternative for no more than 15p - as many UK supermarkets now do. The cost of producing paper alternatives is far more expensive.
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