Single-use carrier bags

August 3, 2012 12:04 PM

A rise in the use of environmentally unsound single-use plastic bags is deeply concerning local MP Tom Brake, who is endorsing the Break the Bag Habit campaign.

Last year was the second in a row to see an increase in the use of single-use bags; in 2011, a total of eight billion 'thin-gauge' bags were issued throughout the UK, which represents a 5.4% increase compared with 2010. England remains the only home nation to lack a levy on such single-use bags.

"Single use bags create convenience for minutes and litter for centuries," Tom said. "A levy is deeply necessary to stop our reliance on these environmental menaces."

The Break the Bag Habit campaign - run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Keep Britain Tidy, the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage - is calling on the government to introduce a levy on single-use plastic. Advocates cite similar movements in Ireland and Wales in which a 5p levy on bags led to a drop of up to 90% in the use of such bags.

Tom call for a charge on single use plastic bags

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