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Brighton wants to become first city in Britain to ban plastic bags

The city of Brighton & Hove is vowing to become the first city in Britain to ban plastic bags in an effort to reduce their impact on the environment. A Notice of Motion to support and encourage local businesses to eradicate plastic bag use has just been passed at a recent Brighton & Hove Council meeting. Green Party councillor Amy Kennedy put forward the idea to ban plastic bags after being inspired by towns like Modbury in Devon, the first town to ban plastic bags in the UK. Kennedy said: It is time to take radical action on this issue. I initially took the issue to the Secretary of State to introduce a 20 pence bag levy. It had worked in Ireland who saw their plastic bag use reduced by 90% - the figures were astonishing. Eventually we got unanimous support for the idea of eliminating plastic bags and passed the motion. The motion comes at a time when London Councils are consulting on whether or not there should be a plastic bag ban or levy in the capital. Local community groups in Brighton such as Plastic Bag Free are encouraging local retailers to eliminate plastic bags and distribute paper bags or bags for life to customers instead. Kennedy added: We are recreating habits that people were doing 50 years ago when they went shopping and took their own bags with them when they went. Eliminating plastic bag use sends a clear message to both consumers and retailers that plastic bags are not good for the environment. We will be pushing this programme out for the next 12 months and all eyes will be on the Conservatives if they do not carry this out.

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