Packaging levy 'will hurt retail industry'
CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new commercial packaging levy would force a double taxation on businesses and do nothing to reduce waste, retailers have warned.
In a submission to the Government, Retail Ireland dismissed the plan, saying it would only further damage the under-siege business sector.
Environment Minister Phil Hogan is currently considering submissions on the proposal, but details of when it might be introduced or how it might operate are unclear.
It would likely apply to all varieties of packaging in food and non-food items. But in its submission to the department, Retail Ireland said the proposal would prove unnecessary.
"It will impose double taxation on the retail sector over and above the already onerous compliance costs of REPAK membership," the Irish Business and Employers Confederation-based organisation said.
It added that Ireland had already met its obligation under the EU packaging directive, with a 60pc recycling target for 2011 reached back in 2009.
Denmark is the only other EU country that operates such a stand-alone tax.