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Proposed Plastic Bag Levy - Extended Impact Assessment: Volume 1: Main Report

DescriptionProposed Plastic Bag Levy - Extended Impact Assessment: Volume 1: Main Report
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 29, 2005


Research Report 2005/06

James Cadman, Suzanne Evans
Mike Holland ( ERMC)
Richard Boyd (Metroeconomica)
AEA Technology Environment

ISBN 0 7559 2685 4

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Executive Summary

1 Report Context

2 Introduction
2.1 The Different Types of Carrier Bags
2.2 Summary of the Irish Experience

3 The Arguments For and Against a Levy
3.1 The Arguments For a Levy
3.2 The Arguments Against a Levy
3.3 The Voluntary Approach
3.4 Other Alternatives to a Levy for Reducing the Impacts of Plastic Bags

4 Life Cycle Assessment
4.1 Stages of the LCA for this Report
4.2 Plastic Bag Levy Scenarios
4.3 Consumption Data Used to Quantify Environmental Impacts
4.4 Relevant Results from the Carrefour LCA
4.5 Applying the Results to Scotland
4.6 Displacement of Plastics in Scotland
4.7 Conclusions on Lifecycle Impacts

5 Impacts on Consumers and Business
5.1 Determining the Financial Burden on Consumers
5.2 Impact on the Business Sector

6 Administration of the Levy
6.1 System Requirements
6.2 Impact on Local Authorities
6.3 Revenue by Local Authority
6.4 Conclusions on the Administration of the Levy

7 Conclusions


The views expressed in this report are those of the researcher and
do not necessarily represent those of the Department or Scottish Ministers.

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