INDIA – The state government of Gao, located in West India, has introduced an amendment bill that levies a maximum 2% tax on the sale price of non-biodegradable packaging material, including bottles, containers.
Introduced by state minister Alina Saldanha, The Goa Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) (Second Amendment) Bill 2013, the bill is an additional revenue stream that will help the government implement its solid waste management schemes – including waste segregation and collection, safe disposal and recycling of non-biodegradable waste material.
The cess collected will also be used to promote the sale and use of biodegradable packaging material, bags and containers in Goa – which is India’s smallest state by land area and the fourth smallest by population.
The bill is vague when it refers to the cess rate and non-biodegradable items to be taxed, stating simply that it would “levy a cess at such rates as may be determined by the government from time to time, by notification in the Official Gazette, but not exceeding two percent of “sale price”… of such items, marketed in non-biodegradable packaging material, including bottles and containers, as may be mentioned in such notification.”
This bill has yet to be passed in the Goa Legislative Assembly.