Has demand declined since introduction of plastic bag levy?

With the aim to reduce the environmental impact of plastic bags, government introduced a charge on plastic across all retailers in May 2003.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his budget speech announced an increase of plastic bag levy from 6ᶜ to 8ᶜ a bag.

According to Prof Tony Leiman of UCT's Environmental Policy Research Unit, the idea was to change the way people think of plastic bags.

The idea was to encourage people to use them again

Prof. Tony Leiman, UCT's Environmental Policy Research Unit

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The short answer is in some ways we are worse than we started

Prof. Tony Leiman, UCT's Environmental Policy Research Unit

People have reacted in strange ways… they don’t even look at the price

Prof. Tony Leiman, UCT's Environmental Policy Research Unit

A South African consumer still have a long way to go

Prof. Tony Leiman, UCT's Environmental Policy Research Unit
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