Plastic bag charge: 'Window of opportunity' to bring in more charges
A 5p charge for plastic bags in large stores was introduced in England a year ago next week, and research suggests it's had positive environmental effects with usage being radically reduced.
Some 90% of shoppers in England now use their own carrier bags, research for Cardiff University has suggested - up from 70% before the levy was introduced. This follows similar results in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
So could similar charges be applied to other items to help the environment?
Plastic bottles Elena Sautkina, an expert in environmental psychology, believes that there is a... read more
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