Posted by: dorsetcpre | June 6, 2014

Dorset Campaign Against Litter committee members celebrating the decision for supermarkets to start charging 5p for plastic bags from 2015

Dorset Campaign Against Litter welcomes the Government’s decision to start charging for plastic bags.

Hundreds of thousands of plastic shopping bags go to landfill in the county each year where they can take thousands of years to decompose. The bags also frequently appear in the top ten of most littered items across Dorset and are frequently found in the sea where the Marine Conservation Society says they are mistaken for food by some fish – which usoften die as a consequence.

Dorset Campaign Against Litter committee members celebrating the decision for supermarkets to start charging 5p for plastic bags from 2015

Dorset Campaign Against Litter committee members celebrating the decision for
supermarkets to start charging 5p for plastic bags from 2015

The expected compulsory charge of 5p per bag is likely to be introduced next year although small and medium-sized businesses will be exempt. Globally between 500 million and a trillion plastic shopping bags are used each year- on
average for less than 20 minutes each. “The decision to start charging is good news for our countryside, towns and the environment overall. It will reduce waste and packaging and the use of precious oil to manufacture the bags,” said a Dorset Campaign Against Litter spokesman.

“They frequently crop up during litter picks and can cause serious harm to animals and sea creatures.”

It is expected that the extra money charged will be donated to charities. In Wales there has been a 76 per cent drop in the use of plastic bags since a 5p charge was introduced in November 2011 and there have been similar falls in use in other countries across the world. Marten Gregory, from the Dorset Waste Partnership, who was attending the DCAL
committee meeting at Stratton Village Hall on Friday, also welcomed the news as a way of reducing the number of bags which end up in landfill at a direct cost to council taxpayers. “Anything which reduced the amount we take to landfill has got to be a positive step,” he said.

The Dorset Campaign Against Litter is funded by the Dorset Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and is made up of anti-litter groups across the county with representatives from some districts.

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