The vast majority of carrier bags (plastic OR paper!) given out free by shops are then used only once, which is very wasteful and polluting (paper is just as bad as plastic - but for different reasons!). Ireland recently introduced a PLASTAX - an environmental levy on every plastic bag handed out. This means that Shoppers are charged approximately 10 pence for every new plastic bag that they need. The PLASTAX, which has been warmly welcomed by shops and shoppers alike, has been extraordinarily effective, and has cut down the waste and pollution by more than 95% . Most Northern European countries also do not allow free plastic carrier bags to be given out by shops. Do you think that the UK should follow Ireland's lead? Do you think that Faringdon should lead the way in this? We welcome your opinions!

* 1. Are you PERSONALLY willing to be charged for your carrier bags?

* 2. Should Faringdon take the lead and ask shops (on a voluntary basis) to make a charge for their carrier bags?

* 3. If YES to the previous question, what do you think an appropriate charge would be?

* 4. Should the UK follow Ireland's example and introduce a PLASTAX?

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