London Councils has called for action on plastic bags to be added to the Climate Change Bill, as it received its third reading in Parliament (October 28).
Amendments to the Bill concerning plastics bags had been added to the Bill following lobbying by London Councils. However, the organisation said it was concerned that the amendments do not go far enough. In particular, they do not specify when or even if, action will be taken or what form that action will take, the organisation said.
London Councils has put forward its own amendments which set a timetable for action and guarantee a minimum charge for single use shopping bags.
London Councils chairman Merrick Cockell said: [MPs] must be bold and back our cross-party amendments to the Climate Change Bill or else we risk the issue falling by the wayside. Unless they take action, shopping bags could blight our environment for years to come.