Thursday, March 23, 2006

China puts tax on chopsticks

China is stepping up its efforts to protect its environment and natural resources. That's great news but slapping a tax on chopsticks as one of the measures? Hmmmm. From CNN:
Plans to impose a 5 percent consumption tax on both disposable wooden chopsticks and wooden floor panels would help curb the plundering of timber resources and efforts to protect the environment, the Ministry of Finance said.

Disposable chopsticks used up 1.3 million cubic metes of timber each year, depleting the country's forests, the ministry said.

From April 1, China will make its biggest adjustments to consumption taxes in 12 years, with its newly stressed national goals of slashing energy consumption and stemming environmental degradation in mind.

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