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New Year's Resolution: Kick the plastic bag habit!

Some have pledged to quit smoking, others have decided to go for that quick jog every morning but Liberal Democrats are urging people to kick the habit and stop using plastic bags this New Year. The Liberal Democrats based in Suffolk County Council set up a kick the habit website for residents to sign up and say they will stop using plastic bags in 2008. People can leave hints and tips for those who are trying to kick the habit. Group leader, councillor Kathy Pollard said: This campaign intends to really change the imagination of people and encourages them to sign up and kick their plastic bag habit in 2008. We have had a very good reaction from members of the public who have said that they are not going to take plastic bags when they go out shopping. The main objective is for the campaign to raise awareness for people so that they use few plastic bags or they re-use them and recycle them. It also encourages shops to start thinking hard about how many plastic bags they give out. Pollard added that the website will give advice on how people can use alternatives to single use bags, such as bags for life. I made a conscious effort not to take plastic bags from shops over the Christmas period and use the ones I had. We have to encourage people to pick up the bags they already have before they go shopping and re-use them. Image: Lib Dem group leader Cllr Kathy Pollard

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