Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting YEOVIL NEWS to 80360 or email us
Plastic bag charge aims to cut waste
7:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A 5p charge for plastic bags in supermarkets from 2015 is a good idea, according to the MP for the Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne area.
The Government decided to act after a sharprise in the number of bags thrown out after just one use.
Environmentalists have campaigned for years to charge for bags, which take 1,000 years to rot away, litter the landscape and cause lingering deaths to marine animals and birds.
LibDem leader Nick Clegg announced the policy to his party conference in Glasgow. Small and medium-sized shops will be excluded from the levy, which will be distributedto relevant charities and will begin after the 2015 election.
Plastic bag usage reduced considerably after charges were introduced in Wales and Northern Ireland.
Yeovil MP David Laws said: “The new levy on plastic bags is a good idea, which has already been tried in places such as Wales and which has been a great success.
“Each year in the UK we use an unbelievable eight billion plastic bags, which waste resources and end up polluting our environment.
“Levying a charge of just 5p makes people think twice and remember to take their own bags to the shops.
“The levy is not a tax – it does not come to the Government but is paid to charities. And it raises very little money because the aim is to change behaviour, not to fleece hard-pressed customers.”
Shoppers in WH Smith and Lidl have been charged for plastic bags for several years. Thorncombe Village Shop does not use plastic bags but charges 20p for a paper bag and £3.95 for a large, reusable canvas bag branded with the shop’s logo.
Manager Heather King said: “We are a community shop and we are working for the community, so if we can keep down the cost then it helps. Of course it is good for the environment, too.
“The bags we charge for are stronger and can be reused, not like some of the flimsy plastic ones.”
Comments are closed on this article.