Fiji service stations’ plastic bag ban a big success

Seventy Fiji service stations say three and a half million single use plastic bags have not been issued since a levy was imposed in August last year.

The Fiji Fuel Retailers Association has called this a remarkable achievement.

It said they had initially hoped to stop the use of one million plastic bags in the first year.

The Association secretary, Pavan Haer, said since the introduction of the ten cents plastic bag levy, fuel service station operators have inspired 170,000 customers to avoid the plastic bags.

He said in the first year the levy has generated $US39,000 which has gone to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service.

Mr Haer said selected service stations are now considering a complete phase out of single use plastic bags.

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