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5 posts from January 2007

January 26, 2007

Campaign To Cut Down Carrier Bags

Somerset County Gazette

A campaign being led by the Somerset County Council and Somerset Waste Partnership will encourage retailers and check-out staff not to automatically give out carrier bags but to ask shoppers whether they actually need a bag. Wellington shoppers are being urged to play their part by using reusable shopping bags and packing the maximum amount that they can into carrier bags they take. They are also being reminded to reuse old bags such as using them as waste bin liners or for separating materials within their recycling boxes.

Link: Campaign To Cut Down Carrier Bags.

January 24, 2007

Environmentalists push for tax on plastics

WIS-TV Columbia

From choosing plastic over paper in the checkout line to wrapping up those leftovers, environmentalists say these simple choices could be killing our beaches. They're so serious about the pollution problem they're pushing for a tax on plastics...

Link: Environmnetalists push for tax on plastics.

January 22, 2007

Pakistan Seeing Need for Awareness Campaign to Control use of Plastic Bags

Daily Times

Thousands of plastic bags are thrown away everyday in Pakistan, which results in choked drains, bacterial germinations, water borne diseases and the spread of mosquitoes.  Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency Director General says the situation is "grim".  "We need a mass awareness campaign and cooperation of the people to control the use of polythene bags."

Link: Pakistan Seeing Need for Awareness Campaign to Control use of Plastic Bags.

January 17, 2007

Council appeals for shoppers to dump plastic bags -

Star News Group

The people of Cockatoo are being urged to swap plastic bags for more environmentally friendly alternatives. Cardinia Shire Council and Sustainability Victoria are joining forces with Cockatoo retailers to take up the challenge to make the town plastic bag- free. The people of Cockatoo are invited to join the campaign “Cockatoo: a plastic bag free town." Ranges Ward councillor Graeme Legge said that after the launch of the campaign, retailers will be urging their customers to say no to plastic bags. Cr Legge said people need to also make sure they remember to use their reusable bags whenever they shop in Cockatoo.

Link: Council appeals for shoppers to dump plastic bags.

January 12, 2007

City Councillor Calls For Tax On Plastic Bags

City News

Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 - Scarborough Centre) wants to reduce the numbers of plastic bags that Ontarians throw out - by 80% to 90% - by introducing a 25-cent per bag levy.

Said the Councillor, "It is a lot of money, and it's a lot of waste that's being created and it's a lot of energy being consumed to create a product that really is very, very bad for the environment...So what this would do, hopefully, is encourage people to go to cloth bags, paper bags and reusable bags."

Link: City Councillor Calls For Tax On Plastic Bags.