'tax is misused'

The state has failed to use the money collected from plastic bag tax, about R100million, for the intended purpose of recycling, the Star newspaper reported yesterday.

The state has failed to use the money collected from plastic bag tax, about R100million, for the intended purpose of recycling, the Star newspaper reported yesterday.

The tax was imposed about three years ago to fund a national recycling programme, but the bulk of the money collected went straight into state coffers. Deputy director-general of environment affairs Joanne Yawitch said the department recognised that there were some problems with the scheme. - Sapa

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