"People in England will soon have to pay a deposit when they buy drinks bottles and cans in a bid to boost recycling and cut waste."
At long last!
(Scotland is already putting its own version of the plan into place; Wales is looking into it.)
Yet another "Ha-ha, you live in England tax." (Warning: tenuously related rant follows)
The other three UK countries do as they please, but we always end up with the worst of both worlds. Over £8 for a prescription last time I paid for one. The recent introduction of a new, tolled Mersey crossing, tolling of the (previously untolled) existing one that ran next to it, and existing tolls on the two tunnels. This when Wales is in the process of abolishing road tolls, Scotland did it years ago, and Northern Ireland never had any in the first place.
Yes, I'm aware that the NHS in each region has a degree of autonomy, and that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland supposedly made sacrifices in quality of service in exchange for abolishing prescription fees. My father lives in North Wales, the level of care provided to him doesn't seem to be any different to that provided in England, and he's currently in a NHS England hospital in Chester.
I'm sick of us getting lumbered with all of the '5p for a plastic bag' stuff, but not seeing any of the benefits. England desperately needs its own devolved parliament, as the other three have. Leave Westminster to focus on dealing with the biggest political fraud in modern history (Brexit) and the best ways for MP's to fiddle expenses and evade tax.
As for recycling bottles and cans: don't we all recycle already? I have separate bins for bottles and cans. I sort my waste accordingly. The only time that might not happen is if I'm out and about, and dispose of a can or bottle in a public waste bin. This strikes me as yet another case of being seen to do the right thing, over actually doing anything significantly useful. And will they wash and refill those bottles, like they did in the good old days of Corona lemonade? Nope, they'll crush them, melt them down, and create new bottles. Wasting a whole bunch of time, effort and energy in the process.
Bloody good job. they should do something similar with pets meaning to keep at least the bigger pets you need a licence that is a substantial sum of £100 and to breed them £500. the amount would diswade the Christmas, flippant look at the size of my cock owners and the not give a fuck, or money breeders that aren't registered. id pay it happily. the extra money could be paid towards getting policing especially now all dogs are chipped. it could help people get their animals spayed or neutered and help the hopefully shrinking shelters.