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wide carrier bag charge

A compulsory charge on carrier bags should be rolled out to the rest of the UK, the Welsh Government environment minister has said.

Twelve months ago Wales became the first of the four home nations to implement such a scheme. It means shoppers must bring their own plastic bags or face a minimum 5p charge with proceeds going to charity. Northern Ireland is set to bring in a similar levy next year, while Scotland and England governme fitflop nts are yet to make up their minds.

However, Welsh Government environment minister John Griffiths believes the latter pair should follow Wales lead after the charge has reduced single use carrier bags by up to 96%.

He said: “One year on from the introduction of our 5p bag charge it is obvious it has made a real difference to shopping habits of people here. Checkouts across Wales are now full of people using their own bags to carry shopping rather than paying 5p for a new one, and it is really heartening to see people developing sustainable shopping habits.

“The Welsh experience proves if you want to effectively reduce carrier bag use, a charge really fitflop is the best way to go. I can see no reason why the charge wouldn work just as well in other parts of the UK.”

The charge in Wales aimed to dr fitflop astically cut the numbe fitflop r of single use carrier bags issued by shop assistants at the till. Retailers have to charge a minimum of 5p per bag and the cash will go towards good causes benefiting the environment.

Stores with fewer than 10 employees are exempt from keeping records on how many bags they have “sold” as well as how much money they have raised.

A recent survey claimed 70% of people in Wales were in favour of the new system following its introduction on October 1 last year. Welsh Government officials say it is “not possible” to give a total figure of how much the bag tax has raised, but estimate it runs into “hundreds of thousands of pounds”.

However, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) voiced mixed feelings about the charge and stressed a consistent approach would be needed if the scheme became rolled out on a UK wide basis.

BRC spokesman Richard Dodd said: “Compulsory charging for single use plastic bags is a brutal approach, which risks switching people off from engaging with environmental issues. A voluntary and incentivised scheme would be far better for example people who bring in their own bags are rewarded through coupons or a points scheme.”

fitflop wide ban on plastic bags goes

wide ban on plastic bags goes into effect in Seattle

Seattle’s long sought after ban on single use plastic shopping bags will officially go into effect tomorrow after being approved unanimously by the Seattle City Council back in December.

Under the new ban, all businesses, including grocery stores, retail stores, convenience stores, home improvement stores, sporting goods stores, farmers markets and even local independently owned shops will be prohibited from issuing single use plastic bags to customers.

Paper bags will still be available, but a minimum 5 cent fee on large grocery bags will aim to curtail a likely increase in demand for the paper based products. Instead, the explicit goal of the ban is to encourage Seattle residents to switch to reusable carryout bags, according to Seattle Public Utilities (SPU).

“Let the nickel you pay for a paper shopping bag be a reminder to shop with reusable bags,” says the SPU website.

The ban is being met with open arms by many environmentally friendly citizens in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports that 292 million plastic bags are used each year in the city, with only 13% being recycled. The excess bags are said to spell trouble for marine wildlife and to contribute to general litter in the city.

Abigail McCarthy, a local advocate for the ban, states on the website Ba fitflop n the Bag, “This is a common sense ordinance, enacted for common sense reasons. We Seattle ites take pride in our beautiful Puget Sound, in our clean, green parks, and in our progressive policies.”

However, not everyone in Seattle is seeing green.

Elizabeth Mayer, an activist with the nonpartisan grassroots ‘peace’ group We Are Change Seattle, feels that the ban is both unnecessary and overreaching.

According to Mayer, “I do like the idea of using fewer (or no) plastic bags, but telling people what kind of bags to use, and not allowing them to make their own choice, is bound to make more enemies of your cause than friends.”

Regarding the purported positive environm fitflop ental effects, she states, “Its effectiveness at protecting the environment will be minimal I think. For instance, the people who fitflop re use bags, as say garbage bags, will now be forced into buying [regular] plastic garbage bags. and [they] will likely be at least twice as thick as the old re used bags. For these folks it will likely result in increased plastic consumption, and certainly increased expense.”

Mayer concludes, “If you want people to be good, you have to give peopl fitflop e the option to be good, not just force them to do things you’ve decided are good.”

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Wicklow have potency to win

What has all this got to do with tomorrow’s Leinster SFC opener, th fitflop ree years later? Very little other than to say it’s another derby and Dempsey is again managing the underdogs against another Kerryman for Toms Flatharta in 2007 read Mick O’Dwyer this year.

As alluded to at the outset, derbies can take you on unexpected journeys and this partly explains why there’s an element of doubt in Wicklow minds as they make the trek to O’Moore Park tomorrow.

The 1/3 favourites know that, man for man, they are better than Carlow. They can remind themselves that when the sides met in Aughrim last March, they won an error strewn contest by double scores 0 14 to 0 7.

The injuries ruling out two likely members of the full back line All Star nominee Ciarn Hyland and Damien Power would probably cause Wicklow greater alarm were it not for the fact that Ca fitflop rlow are missing a glut of first choice forwards, such as Daniel St Ledger, JJ Smith and Eric McCormack.

And besides, Wicklow’s own starting attack looks considerably more potent on paper when you factor in the likes of Leighton Glynn, Senie Furlong, Tony Hannon and Paul Earls.

Finally, this may seem slightly perverse to say about the only Leinster county (Kilkenny included!) never to have won a provincial senior football title . but this bunch of Wicklow players can boast a championship pedigree that their less heralded rivalries simply cannot match.

For that, they can thank last year’s fairytale run to round four of the All Ireland qualifiers the Wicklow equivalent of lifting Sam. And, of course, they can thank Micko, who had already instilled a more battle hardened summer resolve in this team even before that six game odyssey of last year.

So then, why should Wicklow be nervous? Wel fitflop l, the derby factor cannot be entirely discounted. Nor can the nagging fear that besets many teams in this scenario will the fairytale be followed by a mighty big fall?

The public cannot be sure, just yet, because Wicklow produced their now trademark mixed bag of a league campaign. Given the summer heights previously scaled, you’ve got to ask why are they still meandering in the middle reaches of the basement division? But then again, when did Micko ever give two fiddlers for February/ March football?

Wicklow eventually finished fourth, with 11 points close enough but never quite in the promotion box seat. Carlow finished two places and four points worse off again, vaguely respectable by their minnow standards without ever remotely setting the world alight.

The loss of Hyland, such a noted man marker, is an obvious blow to Wicklow. Into the full back breach steps Dara hAnnaidh straight off a plane from Sweden, so it seems. The Bray man has plenty of experience in the No3 jersey, from last summer, but very little football in his legs given his overseas work schedule.

Just as notably, Wicklow have also lost Thomas Walsh back into the embrace of his native Carlow and straight back into the midfield battle against (wouldn’t you guess it?) his old colleagues. With Walsh operating alongside another comeback ‘kid’ ex Sydney Swan Brendan Murphy the Barrowsiders will hope to establish a level of midfield dominance although James Stafford, doubtless, will have something to say about that.

The worry for Carlow, though, is that there aren’t enough scores in that weakened attack. Even during the league, if you exclude London and Kilkenny, they were the lowest scorers in Division Four.

And here’s another spring trait tha fitflop t must be avoided at all costs: their pretty shocking disciplinary record. In three games they finished with just 13 men and lost all three games in the process. One of those defeats came to Wicklow; whatever about seeing red, they will probably see history repeated here.

ODDS: Wicklow 1/3, Draw 9/1, Carlow 3/1

WICKLOW: M Travers; S Kelly, D hAnnaidh, A Byrne; P McWalter, B McGrath, D Hayden; J Stafford, JP Dalton; L Glynn, T Hannon, N Mernagh; D Odlum, S Furlong, P Earls.

CARLOW: J Clarke; P Murphy, L Murphy, B Kavanagh; A Curran, J Hayden, P McElligot; B Murphy, T Walsh; S Gannon, D Foley, M Carpenter; S Rea, J Murphy, J Kavanagh.