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PAFA slams Gordon Brown's moves to ban plastic bags - COMMENT UPDATE

The Packaging and Films Association (PAFA) has slammed moves by Gordon Brown to ban the plastic bag nationwide. Speaking at a recent WWF conference the Prime Minister said he wanted to eliminate the use of the plastic bag. The Association said that the Prime Ministers statements on plastic bags were seriously flawed. Responding shortly after the speech PAFA chief executive David Tyson said: It seems the Prime Minister is out of touch with reality. He talks about working towards a low-carbon economy yet attacks plastics in favour of other materials which will increase CO2 emissions. He talks of the joint industry and retailers commitment to reducing the impacts of plastic bags but has clearly not read the commitment because it applies to all carrier bags including paper which has higher impacts than plastic. He talks of the need to examine every new environmental policy thoroughly but launches an attack on plastic bags without taking into account the science which overwhelmingly supports lightweight, low-volume, recyclable plastic bags. However, Liberal Democrat member of the Scottish Parliament Mike Pringle who has been campaigning for a plastic bag ban dismissed the PAFAs claims and welcomed Gordon Browns announcement. I am delighted that the Government has seen sense and is finally beginning to take steps to tackle plastic waste. Gordon Brown has realised that he cannot afford to ignore this issue any longer. There is a real momentum behind this campaign now and it is important Scotland does not lag behind the rest of the UK, I fully intend to re-introduce my Bill to the Scottish Parliament that will charge a levy on plastic bags issued at checkouts. Comment posted by James Lee, Cromwell Polythene, 13/12/07

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