Thursday, March 23, 2006

Makes sense to me

China will slap a tax on chopsticks and a range of goods ranging from yachts to petrol in a bid to save trees and protect the environment.

Plans to impose a 5 per cent 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 metres of timber each year, depleting the country's forests, the ministry said.

Maybe it is time for them to learn to use a knife and fork.

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