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Environmental Audit Committee – Plastic bags – England

A report by the Environmental Audit Committee has stated that England’s proposed bag levy should include biodegradable bags, or risk “damaging the UK plastics recycling industry”

Over 8 billion plastic carrier bags are used each year in England, far more than necessary. According to the report, the Government should follow the approach of the 5p charge for carrier bags in Wales, which has successfully reduced bag use by over 75%. Reducing bag use has significant environmental benefits in terms of lower carbon emissions, resource use and litter.

The charge scheme that the Government is proposing in England, with additional exemptions for small retailers and paper and biodegradable bags, would be too complex, unnecessarily confusing for shoppers, and less effective than the Welsh scheme. The proposed 5p charge should apply to all bag types and all retailers.

There is evidence that charging for carrier bags leads to fewer bags being discarded as litter. The Government should focus on making the scheme simple and coherent with other policies to reinforce other positive environmental behaviours. It should take steps to set a minimum price for ‘bags for life’ at a level which incentivises their reuse.

To find out more, please follow the link: Eleventh Report. Environmental Audit Comitee.

Source: CIWM

Open Consultation: Local Authority Environmental Regulation of Industrial Plant: 2014 to 2015 fees and charges in England

The Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010 provide for the setting of fees and charges for Local Air Pollution Prevention and Control (LAPPC) and Local Air – Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (LA-IPPC) at levels that will recover costs of local authorities of implementing the system.

This consultation relates to the LAPPC and LA-IPPC fees and charges in England and will be of interest to the 19,000 or so businesses who hold LAPPC and LA-IPPC permits, such as chipboard and glass manufacture, foundries, and animal renderers, to crematoria, paint manufacture, larger furniture works, petrol stations and high street dry cleaners, and to their local authority regulators.

The legislation states that an appropriate authority may make, and from time to time revise, a scheme prescribing fees payable in respect of applications for the granting of an environmental permit, to vary an environmental permit, to transfer an environmental permit in whole or in part and to surrender an environmental permit in whole or in part as well as charges payable in respect of the subsistence of an environmental permit. Furthermore in making or revising a scheme, so far as practicable the appropriate authority must ensure that the fees and charges payable are sufficient to cover expenditure by LAs in exercising their functions under the EPR.

This consultation closes on 18 December 2013.

Please follow the links to gain more information about this open consultation: Open consultation 1, Open consultation 2.

 Source: Defra