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Tough New Laws to Combat Plastic Bag Usage

Tough New Laws to Combat Plastic Bag Usage

Times they are a-changin’

The Daily Mail recently reported that David Cameron has threatened to introduce tough new laws forcing retailers to cut the number of plastic bags they issue, if they fail to do so voluntarily.
Britain’s biggest supermarkets have been given an ultimatum by the Prime Minister: “Radically reduce the number of plastic bags you hand out by choice, or I will force you to by law”.

David Cameron warns that unless stores deliver ‘significant falls’ over the next 12 months, they could either be banned outright from giving out single-use bags or be legally required to charge customers for them.

The Prime Minister says it is ‘unacceptable’ that the number of single-use carrier bags rose last year by 333 million – a 5% increase from the previous year. Environmental campaigners say the bags, used for only 20 minutes on average, take up to 1,000 years to degrade.

As well as causing serious harm to marine animals and birds, they blight the coastline, with 70 bags littering every mile.

It’s nice to know that we are now getting high-level support; if the stores are going to have to change, and it looks like they will – why not change to Polycomp bags?

On this subject – we do have one success story to report. Our local Co-op has started selling compostable carrier bags at the checkout. They are charging 6p for a bag that can be reused in food waste caddies and then composted – about 4p per bag cheaper than buying them on a roll off the shelves.

Co-op have thrown down the gauntlet – so come on M&S, Tesco and Waitrose, I have contacted you all and outlined a perfectly sensible solution to the constant pressure you are facing regarding single use carrier bags…

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