Supermarkets warned over plastic bag use
Prime minister Gordon Brown has warned the UK's retailers that they must start charging their customers to use plastic bags.
He stated that the environmental damage caused by the bags, both in their production and disposal, made it essential that action was taken on them issue as soon as possible, the Daily Mail reported.
As a result, he called on supermarkets and other shops to take action, with the eventual goal of eliminating plastic bag use altogether.
"I am convinced we need to act - and the time to act is now," Mr Brown told the newspaper. "And I want to make clear that if government compulsion is needed to make the change, we will take the necessary steps.
"We do not take such steps lightly - but the damage that single-use plastic bags inflict on the environment is such that strong action must be taken,"
His comments come after Marks and Spencer yesterday (February 28th) announced plans to charge food shoppers five pence for every plastic bag they use, from May 6th, following a successful pilot scheme which saw bag use fall by as much as 70 per cent.
Article Date: 29 February 2008
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