A GROUP OF consumers has asked the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) to investigate the “unnecessary” imposition of a fee on plastic bags at retail shops.
The group is also urging retailers to stop charging the fee, which proponents say will lead to less use of environmentally unfriendly plastic.
A letter was submitted to the FTC on June 26, outlining the group’s concerns about the initiative which got under way last month and has seen some retailers charging consumers 15 cents for plastic bags. The fee is expected to be fully instituted by the major supermarkets from September.
The letter was signed by radio talk show host Maureen Holder who has spoken out against the fee on her programme. (MB)
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