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The chancellor is considering introducing a new plastic bag levy in next week's Budget, the Times has reported.

Mr Darling has reportedly drawn up a series of green measures which are intended to minimise energy waste and encourage businesses to focus more on ensuring they have a green supply change.

Following a speech by Gordon Brown last week in which non-biodegradable plastic bags were singled out as being one of the main obstacles to green purchasing, leading supermarket chain Asda immediately announced it would introduce a 'bag on request' initiative.

An Asda spokesman commented: "From now until June we will be retraining our colleagues and getting rid of all our T-Bars at the end of our check outs and changing the shelving. We are trying to encourage customers to change the habit of a lifetime and start reusing their bags."

He rejected the suggestion that a levy on plastic bags would be advisable, however, insisting that it is unfair to place the financial burden on consumers in light of current economic conditions.

High street chains have pledged to cut plastic bag usage by 25 per cent before the end of the year.

Article Date: 07 March 2008

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