Shoppers in England to be charged for plastic bags

Source: The Independent

Shoppers will have to pay a 5p charge on every plastic bag they use in plans to be announced by Nick Clegg.

The deputy prime minister will unveil the move next week during the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow.

The charge will come into effect in autumn 2015, after the next general election, and will bring England into line with other parts of the UK.

Charges are already in place in Wales, where there has been a 76% fall in plastic bag use since it was introduced in 2011, and Northern Ireland, with Scotland to follow suit next year. The charge has been in place in the Republic of Ireland since 2002.

The charge will only apply to supermarkets and other large stores. Small corner shops will be excluded.

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Waste Atlas: solid waste management data across the world

wasteatlasWaste Atlas is a crowdsourcing free access map that visualizes municipal solid waste management data across the world for comparison and benchmarking purposes.

Waste Atlas is made with the contribution of scientists from different countries and the utilization of published data. Any contribution is more than welcomed but the figures published are firstly checked for mistakes or inconsistencies.

Waste Atlas already includes data for:

  • 162 Countries ( total 1,825,463,704 tn/yr or 97% of the Global Waste Generation )
  • 1633 Cities
  • 796 Sanitary Landfills
  • 46 Dumpsites
  • 97 MBT units
  • 72 Biological Treatment
  • 700 WtE plants

New IMSA report “Plastic Marine Litter: One Big Market Failure”

MSA has published a new report ‘Plastic Marine Litter: One Big Market
Failure. Systemic look at plastic waste in the light of plastic marine
litter’ (IMSA Amsterdam, April 2013). It contains the outcome of a
one-year study on plastic marine litter and waste management, including
the input from Dutch stakeholders from discussions on the draft report.
It has focused land-based sources and especially on municipal solid
waste and packaging waste. Sponsoring came from Desso and PlasticsEurope.

Main conclusions are that more action on plastic marine litter is needed to reduce littering, accelerate Circular Plastics Value Chains, and achieve absolute decoupling between plastics use and its environmental impact through remaining leaks.

The report and summary can be downloaded here.