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Full impact of biodegradable bags not known - UK study

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Not enough is known about ability of so-called biodegradable bags to break down, or how long it takes, UK research shows. The Warehouse Group is the latest New Zealand company to announce it will make the switch to biodegradable bags towards the end of this year.

The research, commissioned by the UK Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, follows debate over whether tax exemptions for biodegradable materials should be granted.