Coca-Cola to back deposit return scheme in major U-turn

Submitted by Sandra on Fri, 02/24/2017 - 16:05

In what will be widely seen as a massive U-turn, the soft-drinks giant Coca-Cola has thrown its support behind calls for the Scottish Government to introduce a deposit return scheme, in an effort to reduce littering and boost recycling.

Deposit return schemes (DRS), in which consumers pay a small sum which is paid back when they return a bottle or can, operate in several European countries.

Proposal to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand

Submitted by Sandra on Mon, 01/23/2017 - 13:27

The Government sought views on its proposed ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand. This is because microbeads are non-biodegradable and when ingested can lead to health issues for marine life and life higher on the food chain including humans. The proposed ban would involve an amendment to the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.