February 26th, 2016

Levelling a charge: small business and levies

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by Chris Sherrington

 

One of the most remarkable features of the way in which the carrier bag charge was introduced in England was the Government’s insistence that small retailers be exempted. This was despite repeated requests from the Association of Convenience Stores, the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) and the British Retail Consortium that all retailers be included.

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January 22nd, 2016

Container drivers: tackling the takeaway packaging problem

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by George Cole and Jonathan Roberts

 

It would be a committed environmentalist indeed whose antipathy to packaging never wavered at the temptation of a takeaway. While the thought of a greasy container in the residual bin might not be your biggest regret after a night out, the green-minded diner cannot totally overlook the adverse effects of this eminently throw-away product.

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December 11th, 2015

Neat Streets: making fun of anti-litter interventions?

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by Chris Sherrington

 

Over the past few months an organisation called Hubbub has been carrying out a series of ‘playful’ localised anti-litter interventions in London. Their project, called Neat Streets, was focused on Villiers Street in Westminster, one of the busiest in the capital in terms of footfall. Funding was provided by organisations including INCPEN (the Industry Council for research on Packaging and the Environment), the Packaging Federation, the Metal Packaging Association, the Packaging and Films Association, Lucozade Ribena Suntory and Coca Cola.

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November 6th, 2015

Hitting the bottle: the Middle East’s water packaging problem

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by Rehan Ahmed

 

Plastic water bottles are a common feature of urban life in the Middle East, being readily and cheaply available to all sections of society. In some instances, they are even provided free in public locations such as mosques, and this easy availability has seen their use – and subsequent misuse – increase greatly over time. People have come to regard plastic water bottles as a free resource, taking bottles, sipping from them, and leaving them in public places or throwing them away in rubbish bins with their contents only partly consumed.

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October 9th, 2015

Posting the bans: can we ban EPS packaging?

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by Ayesha Bapasola

 

One is the city that never sleeps; the other is famed for its dreaming spires – but both have had a nightmare of a time trying to proactively tackle waste and litter.

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July 22nd, 2015

Broken windows and litter: tidying up INCPEN’s arguments

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by Chris Sherrington

 

The Industry Council on Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) is putting a lot of effort into communicating the idea that a deposit refund system (DRS) on beverage containers would be ineffective in addressing litter. This line has formed a major part of INCPEN’s response to my recent article highlighting how they cherry-picked litter data for a press release, which has been widely discussed on Twitter. INCPEN’s argument, encapsulated in a tweet, is that:

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June 26th, 2015

Picking the right cherries: packaging waste and litter

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by Chris Sherrington

 

Some time ago I came across an INCPEN press release entitled ‘Cherry-picking litter won’t work: It has to be all or nothing’. It reports findings of research conducted by Keep Scotland Beautiful and commissioned by INCPEN (The Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment), whose members “include raw material suppliers, packaging manufacturers, and manufacturers and retailers of packaged products”.

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