Feb 29 - UK Prime Minister Tells Retailers to Phase Out Plastic Bags

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown told retailers yesterday that if they do not voluntarily implement a plan to phase out the use of plastic bags, parliament will do it for them. Brown wrote in an editorial:

“I want to make clear that if Government compulsion is needed to make the change, we will take the necessary steps. We do not take such steps lightly â€" but the damage that single-use plastic bags inflict on the environment is such that strong action must be taken...I have already made clear that over time we should aim to eliminate the single-use plastic bag altogether."

Read an Article in the London Times>>

Read an Article in the UK Guardian>>

In his letter, Brown cited the successes of bag control measures in Ireland, Denmark and South Africa.

CAW and Plastic Bags:

  • Learn more about plastic bags, and the ordinances of San Francisco, Los Angeles County, and Oakland.