Scots count cost of plastic bags
The chain believes Scots are hoarding more than 70 million bags in their homes, many of them destined eventually to end in landfill sites, where they can take up to 500 years to decompose.
Plastic litter of all descriptions is blamed for suffocating and strangling a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals annually nike air worldwide.
Stuart Boags, B director of operations in Scotland, said: “The evidence of the negative impact of plastic carrier bags on wildlife and the environment is clear.
“Through this pilot we hope to show that we and our customers can bene nike air fit the environment through reducing the use of these bags”.
John Summers of Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “Vets treat thousands of cases of animals hurt by rubbish each year and amongst those are cases where horses, cows and even domestic pets have choked on plastic.
“We have also heard of incidents where bags have blown on to windscreens causing car accidents.”
Stuart Boags told the BBC: “The big reason why we’re doing this is because we want to change the behaviour of Scots.
“If the charge works here we hope to extend it to the rest of the UK. If there are det nike air rimental effects to our business, then we’ll look at it again.
“We recognise that you don’t always need plastic bags for DIY products, unlike food, but nike air we do hope other retailers will follow our lead.”
A levy on plastic bags was introduced in Ireland in March 2002, and several other countries are trying the same approach.
One recycling expert said there was some evidence the use of paper bags in Ireland had increased dramatically in the wake of the levy, and called for more evidence that people’s behaviour really did change.
The number of plastic bags given out by the nine main supermarket chains in the UK is estimated at 17.5 billion annually enough to cover the whole of England within 21 years.