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Anti-plastic focus ‘dangerous distraction’ from climate change

[ad_1] Image copyright Riverford Organic Farmers Image caption Guy Singh-Watson's company supplies organic vegetables to tens of thousands of homes each week. The anti-plastic "fervour" sweeping across the UK is weakening the fight against climate change, the founder of an organic food company has said.Guy Singh-Watson, a prominent green entrepreneur and campaigner, said more focus should be put on cutting carbon. PM Theresa May has pledged to ban all avoidable
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All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

[ad_1] Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic - but the many different ways in which recycling is collected by different councils across the UK has left them confused. What can be recycled and what can't? We are putting more plastic in the recycling than ever before - but pictures of sea life tangled in all manner of waste plastic mean the pressure is on to do more.
Business

Plastic bags: Charge set to rise to 10p and be extended to all shops

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Sainsbury's is one of the major supermarkets no longer offering single-use plastic bags The plastic bag fee could be rising to 10p - with all shops in England having to charge.Since October 2015, customers have had to pay at least 5p for each single-use bag, with all retailers employing more than 250 people made to take part in the scheme.But now it might be
UK News

Anger after plastic glitter fired into Cornwall harbour

[ad_1] Image copyright Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition Image caption Strands of the glitter were found floating in the harbour and in drains after the event Plastic glitter confetti was fired by a cannon on the quay of a seaside town, sparking concern from campaigners.Strands of the glitter were found floating in the harbour and in drains after an event in Fowey, Cornwall, on Thursday.It was fired during a performance by
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Plastic pollution: ‘Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Researchers in the US have been investigating the final journeys taken by disposable contact lenses. They found 15-20% of US users simply flick these fiddly lenses down the drain via the bathroom sink or toilet. The Arizona State University study suggests that much of the plastic material then ends up in waste water treatment plants.The lenses are consequently spread on farmland as sewage sludge, increasing
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Public ‘back’ taxes to tackle single-use plastic waste

[ad_1] Image copyright PA There is high public support for using the tax system to reduce waste from single-use plastics, the Treasury says. A consultation on how taxes could tackle the rising problem and promote recycling attracted 162,000 responses.Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick said the government was looking at "smart, intelligent incentives" to get plastic producers to take responsibility.Reports suggest a levy on manufacturers and some disposable plastic products may be