Vow to cut packaging

Heinz, Unilever and Northern Foods have become the first manufacturers to sign up to the Courtauld Commitment. The Wrap-led initiative is designed to reduce packaging waste by 340,000 tonnes by 2010.

Warning over ban

MSPs in Scotland's Justice 2 Committee this week backed a bill to ban large stores opening on New Year's Day. Although stores usually shut on the bank holiday, the Scottish Retail Association warned that a ban could seriously harm the economy in the future.

£1.2m for carton fund

Packaging companies Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc have donated £1.2m to a fund encouraging local authorities to establish carton collection.