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Take the pledge: fresh call to reduce litter in the countryside

9 April 2014

Hundreds of bags blown from landfill. Hundreds of bags blown from landfill. Photo: Shutterstock

An estimated 10.6 Billion single-use bags will be given out before the government implements new single-use bag legislation in 2015.

 A shocking 10.6 billion single-use bags will be handed out at shops in England before the bag charge comes into force on 1 October 2015. The average person in England uses 133 bags per year.  In an effort to offset the environmental impacts from this unnecessary delay in implementing the bag charge the Break the Bag Habit coalition, including the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), is launching a new campaign website to encourage supporters to pledge to stop using single-use bags at: www.breakthebaghabit.org.uk

Supporters signing up to stop accepting single-use bags will learn how many bags they have personally offset and their pledge will be added to a grand total, highlighting the number of bags prevented from entering the environment or waste streams nationally before the bag charge comes into effect on the 1 October, 2015.

The Break The Bag Habit coalition is also urging supermarkets to adopt the charge as soon as possible.  

The new pledge website is supported by the internationally acclaimed photographer Martin Brent with a bespoke series of stunning, yet shocking images entitled “Killer Bags”.  Supporters making the Break The Bag Habit pledge are invited to share these striking images, and other impactful countryside and coastal scenes spoilt with single-use bags across their networks to generate more pledges. There’s also the option to share these images on the Facebook walls and twitter accounts of the UK’s supermarkets and shops, calling on these businesses to adopt the bag charge early, reducing the amount of bags entering the environment.

Sam Harding, spokesperson for CPRE and the Break the Bag Habit campaign, said:

“There will be an unacceptable number of single-use bags given out before the bag charge is introduced in England. Break The Bag Habit campaigners are asking the public to act now and take our pledge to stop using single-use bags without delay.

We are also calling on retailers to listen to their customers and voluntarily introduce the charge in October across their stores. With 7 billion bags being used annually, we shouldn’t delay for 18 months!”

 

 

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