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2 posts from February 2006

February 06, 2006

Bag tax central to Irish packaging waste success story

Environmental Data Interactive Exchange

The Irish authorities are confident of meeting the latest EU targets set for packaging waste and part of the credit is owed to the introduction of the national tax on plastic bags.

The Plastic Bags Levy, which charges consumers for every disposable bag they use on their shopping trips, has made many members of the public rethink their position on waste.

This culture change has made huge inroads into waste reduction that reach far beyond the bags themselves.

New targets for the recovery a recycling of packaging waste were announced on Monday, February 27.

"Packaging waste recycling is an Irish environmental success story", said Environment Minister Dick Roche...

Link: Bag tax central to Irish packaging waste success story.

February 04, 2006

Bottled Water: Nectar of the Frauds?


...Tap water comes to us through an energy-efficient infrastructure whereas bottled water must be transported long distances--and nearly one-fourth of it across national borders--by boat, train, airplane, and truck. This ''involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels,'' Arnold said.

By way of example, in 2004 alone, a Helsinki company shipped 1.4 million bottles of Finnish tap water 4,300 kilometers (2,700 miles) to Saudi Arabia. And although 94 percent of the bottled water sold in the United States is produced domestically, some Americans import water shipped some 9,000 kilometers from Fiji and other faraway places to satisfy demand for what Arnold termed ''chic and exotic bottled water.''

More fossil fuels are used in packaging the water. Most water bottles are made with polyethylene terephthalate, a plastic derived from crude oil. ''Making bottles to meet Americans' demand for bottled water requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually, enough to fuel some 100,000 U.S. cars for a year,'' Arnold said.

Worldwide, some 2.7 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year.

Link: Bottled Water: Nectar of the Frauds?.