When referring to any of the results of our analysis and/or its concept and design, please cite us accordingly:
Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.
Colombia Decree no. 2198/2017 National Tax on the Consumption of Plastic BagsView the policy document
Key FindingsView the policy document
This policy imposed a tax of 20 Colombian Pesos (USD 0.01) on plastic bags, increasing annually by 50% until it reached 50 Pesos (USD0.01) in 2020. This policy had limited effectiveness. While it did have an impact on consumer behaviour, it did not have the impact that was hoped on actually reducing the amount of plastic bag pollution. This could be attributed to a lack of consumer awareness and insufficient education to support the tax.
Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.Methods