Councils blame supermarkets for £1.8bn cost of excess packaging
Sunday 12 July 2009
Supermarkets were blamed yesterday for wasteful packaging, adding an estimated £1.8bn to council tax bills.
Local authority leaders claimed that recycling efforts are being undermined and argued that retailers should be forced to reveal publicly the amount of packaging they produce; rubbish that is adding millions of pounds to people's tax bills. They have written to Hilary Benn, the Secretary of State for the Environment, calling for the information to be published every three months so shoppers can "see hard evidence to back up supermarkets' claims that they are taking the problem of packaging seriously". Although supermarkets record the amount of packaging they use with the Government's waste reduction body, Wrap, only three stores – Morrisons, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer – responded to requests by the Local Government Association (LGA) for the details to be made public.
Wrap provided details about how it verified figures but failed to disclose packaging data on individual supermarkets, the LGA said.
Councillor Margaret Eaton, LGA chairman, said: "Supermarkets must be open with people about how much packaging they are producing. It is vital consumers can make informed choices about where they shop and which products they buy. They need to see hard evidence to back up the claims of supermarkets that they are taking the problem of packaging seriously... and that their claims to be cutting packaging are real."
World's most lethal spider found under a bunch of bananas
Rumours that the star wants to move on to pastures new
Comedian says he 'never laughed as hard as I have writing with Rik'
- 2 Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
- 4 Meet Thea, Norway's 12-year-old child bride
Ebola outbreak: What is bushmeat – and is it to blame for the disease that has killed thousands?
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Olympic star must serve 10 years, prosecutor urges
Isis fighters 'crucify' 17-year-old boy in Syria
Kentucky gang rape: 15-year-old boy left in critical condition after sexual attack by group at party
Oscar Pistorius sentence: Athlete's wealth and notoriety provoke an overdue debate on South African prisons
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Sorry Judy Finnigan – Ched Evans is no less sickening than an alleyway rapist
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Workers 'could be forced to pay £5 a week' to get benefits
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
£100 - £110 per day: Randstad Education Group: Design and Technology Teacher ...
competitive + bonus + benefits: Sauce Recruitment: My client is looking for an...
£60000 - £65000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: A globally successful media and ...
competitive + benefits: Sauce Recruitment: Are you looking for your next role ...