Sunday, 4 January 2015

MPs consider litter tax

MPs want some of the companies that are responsible for litter on Britain’s street to contribute towards the cost of its removal. Leading figures from the Wrigley Company, the Tobacco Manufactur­ers' Association, and McDonald's will face the House of Commons' Communities and Local Govern­ment Committee this week. Committee chairman Clive Betts said that it was too soon to judge exactly what financial burden could be transferred to the private sector, but a committee source said these businesses could "absolutely" end up footing a sig­nificant part of the current £1bn clean-­up costs. The Local Government Associa­tion singled out the chewing-­gum industry as needing to contribute more money to litter reduction awareness campaigns, and to clear­ances.
The Independent on Sunday, 

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