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Plastic carrier bags: are they a scourge or just a scapegoat?

By Maggie ThurgoodRecent media coverage of comments and campaigns against plastic carrier bags has been extensive. Ireland has tried it, Scotland is considering it, Wales is researching it and some fear it can only be a matter of time for England. So what is so evil about the plastic bag?In the UK we generate around 30 million tonnes of municipal rubbish a year. Around 10% of that is plastic including empty milk bottles, black rubbish sacks, sticky wrapping, old ...