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Will S’pore residents really throw unbagged rubbish down chute over plastic bag charge?

Will people throw unbagged rubbish and kampung spirit down the chute if bag charges kick in?

Some netizens kicked up a stink over a recent report which said shoppers will likely have to pay for a disposable bag at supermarkets. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
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Should we be afraid of "bag rage" if a disposable carrier bag charge kicks in here next year? Abusive incidents involving retail staff flared up in Western Australia in 2018 after a supermarket chain removed single-use plastic bags from its stores before a statewide ban began.

In Singapore, "bag rage" may erupt in a less open but gross way if lots of people throw unbagged rubbish down chutes. This is what some are threatening to do or, at least, they're painting a vivid scenario of it.

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