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Disposable plasticware prices to double in 2022 under new tax proposal

Plasticware. By Alanthebox (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
Plasticware. By Alanthebox (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to drive down waste, the Finance Ministry and Environmental Protection Ministry plan to impose a tax on disposable plasticware.

The 100 percent tax — which will go into effect in early 2022, pending Knesset approval — could see the price of plastic plates, cups, straws and containers double.

Israelis spend NIS 2 billion annually on plasticware, with the amount per person nearly five times that of those in the EU, the ministries say in a joint statement. The new tax is expected to reduce purchases of the environmentally harmful items by 40 percent, the statement says.

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