The Consumer Council of Fiji is calling on traders to get their act together and not charge the new $0.20 plastic bag levy before Government’s new financial year.

The increased levy from $0.10 to $0.20 was touted by the Minister for Economy as the next step in a gradual phase out of plastic bags by 2020.

This increased levy is to be introduced on the 1st of August.

Consumer Council Fiji says that it is shocking to note that some large traders, with the wealth and breadth of financial advisory resources available to them, are still making mistakes with the application of the levy.

The Consumer Council received a recent case where a consumer was charged the $0.20 plastic bag levy on I 5 July, 201 8.

The refusal to even conduct further checks and provide redress reeks of a callous disregard for consumer rights.

The Council calls on traders to take responsibility and ensure they do not charge the new plastic bag levy prematurely.

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