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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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Collective Action on Food Waste Saves £67 Million Over 3 Years

WRAP has announced the results of the Hospitality and Food Service Agreement (HaFSA) which was set up between 2012-2015 to reduce food waste. The final report indicates savings of £67 million across all the UK businesses involved. There were two targets under the HaFSA, which were owned by WRAP and collectively delivered by signatories: Prevention…

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Is Cellophane Paper or Plastic? The ecoVeritas Christmas Lunch

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: the ecoVeritas Christmas Lunch. This year, the ecoVeritas team bundled into a taxi for a brief tour of the city of Oxford en route the eagerly awaited meal at the Red Lion pub in the centre of town. Once the starter course was underway, the Secret Santa’s…

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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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High Street Chains launch Coffee Cup Recycling Schemes

Following on from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s “War on Waste”, both Starbucks and Costa Coffee have announced action against the problem of disposable coffee cup wastage in the UK.  The Liberal Democrat party has previously called for a charge on disposable coffee cups in order to reduce the demand for these cups and encourage consumers to invest…

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ecoVeritas team receive their Hogwarts letters

Last week the ecoVeritas team embarked on an eagerly awaited excursion to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, located in a magical universe just off the M25, in Leavesden, near Watford. Having recently introduced Richard to the first of the Harry Potter films, it was fitting that the team away day sought further immersion into the…

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Lib Dems call for a Coffee Cup Levy

After the success of the 5p charge for plastic bags in reducing disposable bag usage, the Liberal Democrats have called for a similar levy against disposable coffee cups.  The problem of disposable coffee cups has recently been drawn to public attention through Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s “War on waste”.  Fearnley-Whittingstall has highlighted the extent of coffee cup…

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French Law Bans Supermarket Food Waste

As of July this year, French supermarkets with a footprint of over 400 square meters are banned by law from throwing away or deliberately spoiling unsold food. Instead, unsold food must be donated to charities and food banks enabling wastage from large food retailers to be reduced. This new legislation aims to tackle both food…

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