Where does your money for plastic shopping bags go?

Thirteen years ago government decided to sell plastic shopping bags to encourage South African consumers to change their behavior and use reusable bags.

Consumer journalist, Wendy Knowler, says the idea was meant to minimise pollution and start a fund to establish recycling companies for job opportunities.

Knowler says the plan to develop the recycling industry failed and now the money goes to government.

We are just paying a tax voluntarily for no particular reason.

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

They can't console themselves with the fact that the money goes to anything that has to do with recycling.

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

It's not ploughed back. It's not creating jobs in the recycling industry.

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

What I find shocking is that there have been little comment from government about it. Is there a new plan?

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

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