London favors plastic bag fee over ban

Posted by — December 31, 2008 10:26 pm

Proposals to introduce a ban on plastic shopping bags in London have been withdrawn by council leaders [because they favor a plastic bag fee].

London Councils – the umbrella body for the city’s 33 councils – dropped the measure after ministers pledged a minimum charge on plastic bags. Ministers hope the charge will lead retailers to cut the number of bags they offer and reduce consumer demand.

About 1.6 billion bags are used in London every year and only one in 200 of these is recycled, said London Councils. Merrick Cockell, of London Councils, said the aim of the city-wide ban was to rid the capital of the “environmental blight” of plastic bags.

Full article available here.

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