On Mon, 29 Jan 2007 14:39:13 +0000, Niall O Broin <niall at linux.ie> wrote:
> On 29 Jan 2007, at 13:55, Frank Peelo wrote:
>>> >> A tax on plastic shopping bags in the
>> >> Republic of Ireland has cut their use by more than 90% and raised
>> >> millions of euros in revenue.
>>> Actually there has been no cut in plastic bag usage, there HAS
>>> been a 90%
>>> drop in free plastic bags, which people used to put their rubbish
>>> in, now
>>> they simply buy more rubbish bags.
>>>> Not everyone who got a "free" plastic bag used it for putting
>> rubbish in.
>>>> We used to have a situation where you would often be given a
>> plastic bag if you only bought, for example, a sandwich for lunch.
>> A proportion of these bags would not make it into the rubbish bin
>> on the way back to the office, and would end up decorating the trees.
>>>> Drink bottles are a similar case: you want the drink, not (usually)
>> the bottle. But why make bottles out of such a fertiliser-hungry
>> environmentally-unfriendly crop as corn? Bring back reusable glass
>> bottles with a deposit on them!
>> You think reusable glass bottles are wonderfully environmentally
> friendly? Where do you think the energy comes from to transport them,
> and sterilise them?
I'm also not into the "re-usable" glass bottles. Making a petrol bomb does not classify as re-use. Neither does decorating the streets with tiny pieces of smashed bottle. As far as fertiliser-hungry goes, to my knowledge, these bottles turn back into fertiliser when they are done with. That said, I doubt a field worth of bottles would produce enough fertiliser for another field.
It seems like a step in the right direction though and therefore worth supporting IMHO.
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