Externalities and government intervention in action. The UK government DEFRA is consulting on plans to increase the price of smaller plastic bags to 10 pence in a bid to tackle plastic pollution and cut the use of single-use carriers. 5p bag sales already have the potential to raise revenue to support good causes and there has been a sizeable cut in the usage of plastic bags. There seems to be broad public support for extending these charges to plastic bottles and cans. The European Union has just announced a ban on single use plastic such as disposable plates and straws.
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