Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

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Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by starlight1968sg » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:54 pm

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/e ... astic-bags

What is the impact ?
What can we replace with plastic bags as liner for our kitchen bin?

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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by mommyNg » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:59 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/e ... astic-bags

What is the impact ?
What can we replace with plastic bags as liner for our kitchen bin?
Forces us to bring our own bags - more environmentally friendly? You can always buy garbage bin liners from them (the supermarkets)...

http://www.fairprice.com.sg/webapp/wcs/ ... rbage-bags

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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by ngl2010 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:02 pm

They said put dry rubbish in newspapers and wet rubbish in bread plastic packaging.

My kitchen is mostly white. It will leave marks if we use newspapers. A lot more cleaning required. :gloomy:

Our condo management ever said not to throw newspaper in rubbish chute in case of fire and to put rubbish inside plastic bag to minimise cockroach and rats. So how?

Most likely we will buy plastic bags :gloomy:

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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by Jennifer » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:46 pm

I buy veg from the wet market veg stall.
The stall gives free plastic bag for customers to bag the vegs.
I use these plastic bag to bag wet rubbish, but still find myself accumulating many plastic bags at home.
I am thinking of drying or cleaning these plastic bags to reuse at the veg stall.
The backyard will be more untidy looking.
But I will feel more at ease, knowing I am using less plastic bags.
Next is how to bring containers to buy raw meat/fish?
I think I am going to use more water :nailbite:

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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by slmkhoo » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:48 pm

Plastic bags won't be completely banned, and it's likely there will be times when we forget to bring reusable bags, or don't bring enough, so we will still have a supply of plastic bags (which we will have to pay for, of course). Beyond that, we can buy trash bags in bulk which will be cheaper than buying them ad hoc from supermarkets. Frankly, the supermarkets could have gone the other way - to give a discount for EVERY bag brought by customers, rather than the paltry 10 cents which Fairprice gives for any number of bags. People would feel happier, and the need to charge would have been avoided. But of course prices of goods might have been increased.

The main thing is that once something has a cost, people will be more careful about using them. Anything given away free tends to be overused, and I know many households which use many more plastic bags for trash than they really need - eg. by throwing away half-empty bags, or not reducing their trash by recycling items.


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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by starlight1968sg » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:49 pm

would the goal of reducing plastic bags be well achieved?

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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by tankee » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:08 pm

starlight1968sg wrote:would the goal of reducing plastic bags be well achieved?

it will reduce (which I believe it is the goal) but it will not eliminate

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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by pirate » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:34 pm

Why are major chains meeting to discuss collectively imposing a surcharge on customers not anti-competitive behavior? Is the Competition Commission sleeping? :scratchhead:

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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by slmkhoo » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:20 am

tankee wrote:
starlight1968sg wrote:would the goal of reducing plastic bags be well achieved?
it will reduce (which I believe it is the goal) but it will not eliminate
I don't think the goal is to eliminate plastic bag use. Plastic bags are necessary for some functions. Some countries report 70-80% reduction once a charge is imposed. It's just a case of making people more aware and triggering them to find alternatives. For some people, without a financial or punitive incentive to change their habits, they won't.

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Re: Supermarkets in talks to charge for plastic bags

Post by slmkhoo » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:23 am

pirate wrote:Why are major chains meeting to discuss collectively imposing a surcharge on customers not anti-competitive behavior? Is the Competition Commission sleeping? :scratchhead:
I also don't understand this. Why didn't the government step in to insist that they do this years ago? And if it was govt-imposed, it wouldn't be anti-competitive behaviour.

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