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first_imgThe Netherlands is to launch carbon-based packaging tax, the first of its kind in Europe. The tax will be based on the estimated CO2 emissions produced in making particular packaging.The government announced that the introduction of the new tax will be in January in its 2008 ’Tax Plan: Focus on greening and labour participation’. This is based on an agreement between the country’s environment ministry, local authorities and industry.The money from the tax will form a new fund, called the ’waste fund’ (Afvalfonds), which is designed to help reduce waste in the country. The national government will also contribute E115m (£80m) annually to the fund, as well as a tax on household waste.This follows carbon footprint labelling in the UK, which already appears on products such as Walkers crisps and Boots’ products.The Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment said in a statement that much more plastic packaging will also be recycled. This will raise the recycling percentage target for plastic packaging from its present level of 20% to 42% in 2012. The result is an annual saving of approximately 210 kilotons of CO2, equivalent to the electricity use of around 100,000 households.A survey conducted earlier this year by the Dutch Institute for Public Opinion and Market Research (TNS/NIPO), by order of the Dutch government, revealed that 91% of citizens were prepared to participate in the separated collection of plastic packaging, in addition to paper and glass.last_img read more


first_imgGAA NEWS: Donegal are stepping up their preparations for their Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone next Sunday. Rory Gallagher has taken his squad to Lough Erne ahead of their Ulster Championship clash with Tyrone.Rory Gallagher is taking his squad back to his native Fermanagh for an intensive three-day training camp at Lough Erne.Donegal face Mickey Harte’s Tyrone next Sunday at Mac Cumhaill Park in what promises to be an explosive clash to start the Ulster Championship. With Monaghan and Kerry heading for camps in Portugal recently, Donegal have opted to remain closer to home.While Tyrone are expected to head to Carton House for their training camp.Tyrone have endured a difficult start to their 2015 campaign and were relegated from Division One.A whole host of stars have left the squad both during after the conclusion of the league campaign which would signal that the Tyrone camp is not a happy one. However, Tyrone U21’s winning the All-Ireland title will have given them a huge boost and is the shot in the arm Tyrone football needed.Donegal have enjoyed a solid start to life after Jim McGuinness and made a league semi-final before bowing out to Cork.With a fully fit squad to choose from Donegal look in healthy shape ahead of the clash and with home advantage are hot favourites to progress.However, Rory Gallagher is under no illusions as to how difficult the game will be.Speaking at Thursday’s official Ulster Championship launch in Donegal Town, Gallagher told BBC Sport, “We’re going to Costa del Enniskillen. “We are out in the championship really early so we didn’t want to head away too far.“It cuts down on the travel and we’re very happy with the Lough Erne.“We will be well looked after and it’s great preparation for us ahead of a huge match against Tyrone next Sunday.”DONEGAL HEAD TO LOUGH ERNE AHEAD OF ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH WITH TYRONE was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAnewsSportTyroneUlster SFClast_img read more