Poll: the 5p plastic bag charge came in today – what is your view?

From this morning, a 5p charge comes in for single-use carrier bags. This welcome move will encourage people to reuse bags saving energy resources. It will reduce plastic bag litter on land and in our oceans.

The carrier bag charge is not a government tax. The money raised is expected to go to charity (but stores could legally keep it).

Unfortunately, as is common with almost anything that comes out of Whitehall, the charge is not being introduced a straightforward way. Stores employing less than 250 employees are exempt from the charge, though many will introduce it voluntarily. It would have been much simpler to introduce the charge for all stores. And it would have been better if all bags, regardless of whether they are paper or plastic are charged. Continue reading “Poll: the 5p plastic bag charge came in today – what is your view?”

Zero waste centre plan for Ludlow bites the dust as Shropshire Council sells site (updated)

Update

Shropshire Council is currently completing sale of the site to Flowfit, a local business which supplies hydraulic components and hydraulic systems.

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Perhaps it was inevitable. Certainly there was hope for a while. But yesterday we heard that plans for an environmental enterprise and education zone on Coder Road won’t go ahead because Shropshire Council has sold the site. This is not the end to Cwm Harry’s involvement in Ludlow or Coder Road. But once again, Shropshire Council has gone for the cash.

Adam Kennerley of environment charity Cwm Harry has been coordinating plans for a Zero Waste Enterprise and Education Zone on the former highways depot site for several months. He gained the backing of Ludlow’s MP Philip Dunne, as well as us four unitary councillors for Ludlow and Clee and host of environmentalists. Continue reading “Zero waste centre plan for Ludlow bites the dust as Shropshire Council sells site (updated)”

Ludlow knows how to party – and how to recycle while partying

Update 2 December

In the main article below I say: “Four years ago, 32 skips of waste left the castle on the Monday after the festival, all heading for landfill. This Monday, there will be two skips max heading towards landfill.” This is wrong. It’s much better than that:

cwm_harry_medieval_fayre_tweetThanks again to Cwm Harry Zero Waste and everyone involved in the festival.

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It’s been a brilliant, lively and fun weekend here in Ludlow. Continue reading “Ludlow knows how to party – and how to recycle while partying”

Time for Shropshire to come clean on why fly-tipping is growing and the costs of clearing it up are soaring

For several years fly-tipping has declined. Now it’s rapidly rising. Here in Shropshire, the number of fly-tipping incidents is rising faster than the rest of England. And the cost of clearing up the mess in this county has shot up by a third.

Around the country, local authorities dealt with a total of 852,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2013/14, an increase of 20% since 2012/13. The bill for cleaning this up is an eye-watering £45 million pounds. Nearly two thirds of fly-tipping is household waste.

Three years ago, there were 1,129 fly-tipping incidents across Shropshire. Last year there were 1,660 cases. That’s a whacking 47% increase, with fly-tipping incidents going up 26% last year alone. Fly-tipping incidents are now higher than at any time since Shropshire unitary authority was created.

Continue reading “Time for Shropshire to come clean on why fly-tipping is growing and the costs of clearing it up are soaring”