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Q&A – the English plastic bag charge
Yesterday's EIA News Update 'Time to turn the tide of plastic waste choking our oceans' now features a handy Q&A section - eia-international.org/time-to-turn-the-tide-of-plastic-waste-choking-our-oceans
On October 5, 2015 the UK Government introduced a new minimum 5p charge in England for single-use plastic bags. Large retailers will charge for single-use plastic bags, but not for other types of bags (e.g. paper bags). Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs, organisations with fewer than 250 employees) can voluntarily apply a charge but will not have to charge customers for plastic bags.
Although the levy is an improvement on the current situation, the English plastic bag charge has several significant flaws. Retailers, recyclers, MPs and NGOs alike have signalled to Government that the charge should apply to all types of single-use bags (paper and plastic) and all sizes and types of retailers. With multiple exemptions, the proposed measures will be confusing for consumers and retailers, will not alleviate costs incurred by SMEs and are not consistent with measures adopted in the rest of the UK.
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14 hours ago ·
Zimbabwe: More elephants killed by cyanide poisoning
Up to 11 elephants and several vultures have died in another case of cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe.
State media in Bulawayo reported this weekend the carcasses of 10 poisoned elephants had been found in Hwange National Park. However, sources on Monday said the figure may actually be 11.
... This poisoning incident was separate from the one reported in Kariba last month, where three elephants died after eating cyanide-laced oranges.
The grim news triggers memories of the poisoning of dozens of elephants for their tusks in Hwange in 2013. In that incident, cyanide was placed on salt-licks in the dry park, with some reports indicating up to 300 elephants died.
Full story at www.news24.com/Africa/Zimbabwe/More-Zim-elephants-die-from-cyanide-poisoning-20151005
#Zimbabwe #Africa #elephants #ivory
Image: Poisoned elephants in Zimbabwe, 2013 (c) The Eye ... See MoreSee Less
16 hours ago ·