26 Jan 2010 12:01:04
London plastic bag blitz 'unrealistic'
Plans to reduce plastic bag use in the UK will result in more environmental damage, the packaging industry body has claimed.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced plans last week to save £90 million by redoubling efforts to cut down the amount of rubbish going into landfill.
Peter Woodhall, spokesperson of the Packaging and Films Association, said: "I wouldn't think this is realistic and certainly not beneficial to London or London retailing. We have said in the statement attempting to get rid of plastic bags just increases waste and impacts because consumers have to turn to other (worse) alternatives."
He believes that creating alternatives to plastic bags such as using more paper would only result in more greenhouse gases in the processes of manufacture, disposal, and degradation.
In addition, he said that plastic could at least be melted down and reused. Mr Woodhall pointed out that most supermarket carrier bags are already part recycled. http://tinyurl.com/ya2dcfb