Prime Minister Hon. Voreqe Bainimarama today launched the new ten cents levy on plastic bags at the RB Patel supermarket in Centrepoint, Laucala Beach.
The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the work of women entrepreneurs who have produced reusable, cloth shopping bags for the Fijian people to use in favour of plastic bags.
The head of government said that the new plastic bag levy is part of Government’s commitment to clean up Fiji.
“The ten cents levy on plastic bags will give every Fijian incentive to shop more sustainably and limit the amount of plastic that ends up in our environment,” PM Bainimarama said.
“It may be news to most of you that a plastic bag can take 50-80 years to become bio-degradable.”
PM Bainimarama also urged business owners and various retail companies to support Government initiatives in saving our environment.
“I want to send a clear message to any other individual or business that thinks of dumping rubbish anywhere in Fiji: you will be caught and you will be punished to the full extent of the law. And if any employee is told to dump rubbish, they should report that instruction immediately to the relevant authorities.”
“I am calling for a society-wide response to this crisis of littering affecting our islands. I know the vast majority of Fijians share that sentiment, and I urge them all to speak up. If you see someone litter, tell them to stop. Tell them what they are doing is wrong. And, day by day, we will change mentalities, we will shift our values and we will make a difference.”
Prime Minister Bainimarama also commended the Ba Women’s forum for supplying 5000 reusable plastic bags.
To read the Honourable Prime Minister’s full speech, click here.
[Source: Fijian Government]