‘Plastic bag levy is not green enough’ - says Stroud town councillors

(l-r) Stroud deputy mayor Cllr John Marjoram, Susie Roberts of Stroud District Green Party, Cllr Eva Ward and Cllr Steven Naumann, who are opposed to plastic packaging. Picture by Thousand Word Media

(l-r) Stroud deputy mayor Cllr John Marjoram, Susie Roberts of Stroud District Green Party, Cllr Eva Ward and Cllr Steven Naumann, who are opposed to plastic packaging. Picture by Thousand Word Media

First published in News Stroud News and Journal: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

STROUD town councillors say the new levy shoppers will have to pay for plastic bags is not enough to make a major difference to the environment.

In the Queen’s Speech – the government’s legislative timetable – it was announced that from October next year shoppers will have to pay 5p for a plastic bag.

But the levy will only apply to Britain’s supermarkets, which hand out seven billion carrier bags a year.

Stroud town councillor Eva Ward said: “Five pence is not enough to deter people, though it is a welcome start.”

Cllr Ward is spearheading the town council initiative called STOP: Stroud Town Opposed to Plastic (bags and packaging). The STOP campaign aims to raise awareness of the waste of plastic bags and encourage businesses and supermarkets to offer alternatives.

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