Pledge to reduce use of plastic bags

THE Fiji Fuel Retailers Association (FFRA) made a pledge to reduce the use of plastic bags by one million across their 75 service stations nationwide.

The pledge was made in a FFRA press release issued yesterday by its secretary John Philp.

It stated 75 fuel service stations around the country would introduce the 10 cents levy on the use of one plastic bag from August 1, 2017.

Mr Philp said to mark the progressive introduction of the plastic bag levy, the service stations were taking up a collective challenge to go further by asking customers to bring a bag or hand carry their purchases to their cars.

“FFRA has invested in an awareness program including posters and counter signage that will encourage our customers to join in our challenge to reduce one million plastic bags over 12 months. Service station attendants will be our champions by challenging customers to join our commitment to reduce the number of plastic bags used in our country annually,” he said.

Dubbed the One million plastic bag challenge, the fuel retailers are targeting about 170,000 licensed drivers, as well as the walk-in customers who use the convenience stores located at fuel service stations.

The FFRA is also exploring options to introduce recycling points in order to reduce the amount of single use plastic products which would end up in our rivers and ocean.

Mr Philp said FFRA was committed to being a progressive industry that made positive contributions toward Fijian communities, livelihoods and the economy.

Under the Environment Levy (Budget Amendment) Act 2017, the 10 cents levy is payable by a customer when provided a plastic bag from retailers who use a point of sale system and will be reflected on invoices and receipts.

Retailers are then required to transfer the levy monthly to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service separately from the service turnover tax and VAT.

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