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UK shoppers want ban on free plastic bags

A new survey suggests that people in the UK believe supermarkets should stop giving away free plastic bags.

The survey conducted by reusable bag firm ReusaBags found that 83% out of 2000 people supported a ban on plastic bags.

ReusaBags director Chris Amos said: Support for the ban on giving away plastic bags is now greater than ever. Many Governments around the world including China and France are introducing policy to cut giving away free plastic bags. A year ago, Gordon Brown demanded a reduction of plastic bags, so for our future and the sake of our planet, the use of reusable bags should be embraced and encouraged now.

The survey comes after the Welsh Assembly Government announced that it was aiming to introduce a ban on free plastic bags (see MRW story). The survey also shows that more than 82% of people would like a charge of 10 pence to 15 pence on a plastic bag to encourage them to switch to a reusable bag.

In response to the survey, British Retail Consortium spokesman Richard Dodd said: Retailers had reduced the amount of plastic bags they gave out by 25% by the end of last year. Retailers have agreed to reduce this to 50% by this spring compared to 2006 levels and they are well on their way to achieving that. Retailers have a range of different ways that best suit their customers to reduce the number of bags they give out.

ReusaBags was set up in 2007 to provide small-to medium-sized businesses with an easy to use service to obtain reusable bags.

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