1. Bay clean-ups project wins £27,000 in international ballot

    A Cumbrian project to get rid of plastic in Morecambe Bay has won almost £27,000 of funding for a set of mass "beach cleans".

    Plastic bottle on beach

    Clear The Bay By Day was the only UK scheme to be shortlisted in a public vote, and was up against marine projects in Brazil, Spain and Indonesia.

    The charity the Morecambe Bay Partnership will now lead volunteers in a series of clean-up operations around the bay.

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  8. Retailers urged to inform single-use bag law

    Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

    BBC News

    Retailers are being asked to inform the drafting of a law on the sale of single-use bags.

    The legislation being developed will bring into force a proposition by Deputy Inna Gardiner banning the supply and use of some single-use plastic bags and paper bags by retailers.

    It will also provide a minimum cost for reusable plastic 'bags for life'.

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    Image caption: Some single-use bags will be banned under the new law

    Retailers are being asked how the law should be drafted and how its success should be measured. They are also being asked about their communication tools and how much time they would need to implement the changes.

    Infrastructure Minister, Deputy Kevin Lewis, said: "The aim of the ban and minimum price is to reduce Jersey’s waste and move behaviour away from single-use, as this supports Jersey’s commitment to working together to address the climate emergency.

    "By working with the retail industry, I hope that we can make this a success and help our island be a more sustainable place to live and work."

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