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London Councils overlook degradable plastic bags

A British plastic company, Symphony Environmental, has said that it never had a chance to discuss the inclusion of degradable plastic in the London Councils shopping bag ban bill.
Symphony Environmental has recently challenged the Bill to ban plastic bags in London because there is no exemption for degradable plastic.

The London Councils sought legal advice before launching its Bill in November 2007 and the advice said that a ban allowing exemptions based on the type of material, or limited to particular types of material, would not be acceptable under European packaging rules.

Symphony Environmental chairman Michael Stephen said: We never had the opportunity to address or discuss legal concerns. We do not think that the London Councils are right.

There is no reason to ban plastic bags and every reason to make them degradable. If all plastic bags were made degradable a few years ago then we would have no environmental problems now. There is a simple answer to the problem and that is to make plastic bags degradable which has not been looked at.

In response to Stephens claim a London Councils spokesman said: We did not have time to contact everybody concerned in the issue at the time of the Bill. But we are now contacting all the petitioners to discuss the issues.

 

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