Friday, 06 April 2012 14:16

Cracking Down on Easter Waste

06/04/2012 - Since their development in early19th century France and Germany, chocolate Easter eggs have quickly become seasonal bestsellers. In Italy, 40 million eggs equalling 6.848 tons of chocolate were consumed in 2010. As the chocolate egg has since its first appearance developed from the simple type wrapped in paper to the beribboned variety wrapped in brightest foil and packed in a box or basket, it leads to vast amounts of packaging waste. Approximately 4.370 tonnes of card and 160 tonnes of foil waste are generated in the UK during the holiday every year. Most of the plastic packa...

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2.02.2012 - The European Commission launched a public consultation in 2011 asking for individuals and businesses to give their views on whether the European Union should tax or altogether ban plastic carrier bags in order to tackle rising levels of plastic waste.

An unprecedented 15,000 EU citizens responded to the public consultation, which ran between May and August of last year. Around 500 public authorities, industry associations, NGOs and academic organizations also responded.

The results of the consultation show that over 70% of the respondents agree that a ban on plas...

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The goal of this taxation is to provide an economic disincentive to the use of disposable plastic bags, disposable kitchen utensils, food wrap and aluminium foil.

The “picnic tax” was established at national level by a program law published on 27 April 2007; a decree and circular by the finance minister clarified its implementation on 8 June 2007; and it took force on 1 July 2007 on a series of disposable products, in particular plastic carrier bags, plastic kitchen utensils and food wrap. An additional circular published on 6 July, excluded biodegradable bags from the scope of ...

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