France Bans Plastic

In the last twelve months, French authorities have brought in bans on various different single use, “non-recyclable” plastic items, such as plastic bags and crockery. As of the 1st July 2016, all plastic carrier bags thinner than 50 microns, and with a volume of less than 10 litres, can no longer be given to consumers…

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Global Carrier Bag Interventions

Many countries across the world have been working towards reducing the impact of carrier bags over the past 20 years and these methods have been met with varying success. There are three main strategies that countries have implemented as approaches to try and reduce the volume of carrier bags being used: bag fees at the…

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An Evaluation of the Plastic Bag Levy: Part 2

Part One of this blog series evaluating the plastic bag levy in the UK examined the data available through the government website, concluding that one of the stated aims of the policy has been achieved. From this, media sources have praised the levy as removing billions of plastic bags from circulation and as having a…

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An Evaluation of The Plastic Bag Levy: Part 1

The introduction of a levy on single-use plastic bags in retailers above a certain size in England in 2015 caused a significant level of media attention.  Public reaction to the policy has been broadly positive, and this two-part blog series explores what conclusions we can draw from the evidence available. From the 5th October 2015,…

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Carriers Bag Charges Across the UK

When the carrier bag charges came into force across England in late 2015 there was a lot of unease amongst consumers about how this would pan out. However, in other parts of the British Isles, similar legislation had been in place as early as 2002. Since 2002, all countries in the UK have implemented a…

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Queensland to ban plastic carrier bags by 2018

The state Government in Queensland, Australia, has recently announced plans to introduce a ban on single-use plastic carrier bags by 2018.  This announcement follows a pledge from the leader of the opposition Liberal National Party, Tim Nicholls, to introduce such a ban if elected to power in the next state election.  Queensland would not be the…

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