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Call for plastic bag charge extension

The Government has been urged to support the campaign for a charge on new, single-use plastic bags in England.

The Labour MP Sir Alan Meale has tabled an early day motion in Parliament praising the Break the Bag Habit run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Keep Britain Tidy, the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage to reduce litter and waste.

The motion expresses regret that single-use plastic carrier bags continue to be increasingly issued by shops and supermarkets and believes that retailers “have to do better”.

Meale’s motion notes that action taken in Wales and Ireland to introduce charges for such commodities caused a 90% fall in usage of such bags.

“The British Retail Consortium recently accepted that such a strategy works, but that they also warned it would only continue to do so if the Government were to indicate its support for such measures as a priority,” the motion adds.

Two other MPs have backed the call, although such motions rarely impact on the leglislative programme.

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