Farrugia burst the budget bubble on single-use plastic

FILE PHOTO: A plastic bottle is seen as a group of volunteers collect trash in the Chao Praya river to raise public awareness on the damage single-use plastic has on the environment in Bangkok, Thailand, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Nationalist MP David Thake said that the Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia has already burst the budget bubble on the ban of single-use plastic.

Speaking during question time, Thake said that the ban on single-use plastic launched with the usual pomp by the government has been watered down by the Environment Minister who specified that the ban on single-use plastic is not a total ban but includes only the importation and production of plastic bags, plastic cutlery, plastic straws, and plates.

He asked Farrugia if there will be any hidden taxes based on green initiatives taken by the government.

In replying, Farrugia likened the Opposition spokesman to Humpty Dumpty who sits pretty without proposing alternatives to the government’s work.

He said that the Nationalist MP’s arguments fundamentally show that he is speaking against the introduction of the principles of the polluter pays and extended producer responsibility.