European Union considers tax on plastic bags and packaging

The European Union (EU) will propose a potential tax on plastic bags and plastic packaging in an effort to reduce usage, as reported by Bloomberg.

The proposed tax would help fill a budget shortfall and help keep plastic out of the ocean, according to EU Budget Commissioner Guenther Oettinger. “What we wish to do is reduce the total volume of plastic in the environment,” he said. The tax would help make up some of the lost money from the United Kingdom, which is expected to leave the European Union this year, as reported by the BBC.

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