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Northern Ireland Reduces Carrier Bag Usage by 72%

Northern Ireland Reduces Carrier Bag Usage by 72%

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Northern Ireland, Aug. 27, 2014 – The Department of the Environment of Northern Ireland today published the first set of Carrier Bag Levy statistics. The figures show a marked decrease of almost 72%, which equates to a reduction of around 215 million bags. Mark H Durkan, speaking during a visit…

Freemantle Becomes “Plastic Bag Free City”

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Freemantle, Western Australia, July 9, 2014 (PBBR) – The Strategic and General Services Committee of Freemantle has voted unanimously to adopt the Plastic Bag Reduction Local Law 2014. The Local Law must still be approved by the State Government. The Local Law was actually drafted and passed in 2012. However,…

India’s Tata Power Holds ‘Plastic-Free Campaign’

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Mumbai, India, May 6, 2014 – Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has been undertaking various initiatives to conserve the environment in and around the project sites. In line with this philosophy, Tata Power organized a ‘Plastic-Free Campaign’ in Chembur – Mumbai to spread awareness on a large scale…

Tasmanian Government Invokes Plastic Bag Ban

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Tasmania, November 9, 2013 (PBBR) – The Tasmanian Government has invoked a plastic bag ban effective November 1, 2013. The ban affects all retailers and prohibits merchants from supplying plastic bags to customers at point-of-purchase. Tasmania joins three other states in banning plastic bags: South Australia, Northern Territory and the…

EU Countries Each Choose How to Limit Plastic Bags

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BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 4, 2013 (ENS) – The European Commission today adopted a proposal that requires its 28 Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. But how they do so is up to each of the them. There is no EU-wide ban on plastic bags in…

England Sets 5p Fee For Plastic Bags

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England, September 14, 2013 (PBBR) – Deputy Prime Minister and Lord President of the Council, the Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, along with Lord de Mauley, announced on September 14 that a five pence mandatory charge for single-use carrier bags will be introduced from Autumn 2015. Read the full story.…

Scotland Slaps 5p Charge on Plastic Bags

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EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 29, 2013 (ENS) – Most Scottish retailers will have to charge a minimum of five pence for each plastic bag they hand to shoppers from October 2014 under a new move by government to reduce the number of single-use, throwaway bags littering Scotland. Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead…

Legacy Of Plastic Litter Clogs Britain’s Beaches

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ROSS-on-WYE, England, June 3, 2013 (ENS) – Plastic pieces made up almost 65 percent of all the litter found on British beaches during a single weekend last September, according to the latest annual Beachwatch Big Weekend Report by the nonprofit Marine Conservation Society. The amount of plastic on British beaches…

Hong Kong’s Plastic Shopping Bag Levy May Be Expanded

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Plastic Shopping Bag Levy a Success Hong Kong, May 13, 2013 (PBBR) – The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (EPD) launched the Plastic Shopping Bag (PSB) Levy Scheme in July, 2009. The Scheme placed a 50 cents levy on all plastic shopping bags. According to the EPD, the scheme has…

Dubai Says ‘No’ to Plastic Bags

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 12, 2013 (ENS) – A six-month public awareness campaign on reducing plastic bag usage and waste was launched Thursday by the Waste Management Department of Dubai Municipality, a city in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate of the same name. The campaign is…

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