Monday, 1 September 2008

Save the World?

Throwaway razors and nappies should be taxed as luxuries, says Defra (Dept for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs). Disposable razors and nappies could be taxed as luxury goods in order to cut the amount of waste going to landfill. If disposable razors were taxed at the same rate as cigarettes – about 80 per cent of the price goes to the government – a single Gillette Mach 3 would leap from £1 to £5. What do you think of this idea? It also suggests imposing taxes on disposable items such as paper plates and nappies. Some three billion disposable nappies are thrown away every year in the UK, accounting for 4 per cent of all household waste. Read the complete article here

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