09 Aug '11, 3pm

First Takes: Britain's Busted Bag Ban, Smart Meters Snag Scammers, & More...: Britain makes scant headway in eff...

First Takes: Britain's Busted Bag Ban, Smart Meters Snag Scammers, & More...: Britain makes scant headway in eff...

• Britain's Bag 'Ban' Needs a Boost: Despite efforts to reduce use of plastic shopping bags in the United Kingdom, big retailers issued 333 million more of them in 2010 for a total of 6.4 billion, reports the Daily Mail , which launched a Banish the Bags campaign in 2008. Marks & Spencer says making customers pay for plastic shopping bags is the only way to sharply cut use. M&S began charging 5 pence (about 8 cents U.S.) per bag three years ago and brought use down 80 percent. Retailers in Wales will add a 5p charge for bag use starting October 1, Northern Ireland is contemplating a similar plan and there's pressure in Westminster and Scotland to do the same. • Smart Meters Smarter Than ComEd Thought: Smart meters can cut down energy theft and help utilities home in on users who don't pay their bills, according to a report for Illinois Utility ComEd compiled by the firm Bl...

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