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27 Jul 2009 10:07:04

Retailers urged to do more than just cut down on plastic bags

Retailers urged to do more than just cut down on plastic bags
Supermarkets are focusing much of their waste and recycling efforts on reducing the number of single-use carrier bags in circulation, but more needs to be done.

According to the Green Alliance, progress is being made by large retailers to reduce the number of plastic bags ending up in landfill.

However, the independent campaign group suggested that this alone is not a clear indication of how green stores are.

The Waste & Resources Action Programme estimates that leading supermarkets in the UK have cut the number of single-use carrier bags by 48 percent.

In May 2009, the number of carrier bags used by retailers participating in a scheme championed by the British Retail Consortium stood at 450 million, down from 870 million in the same month three years earlier.

Despite this, Hannah Hislop, a policy advisor for Green Alliance, suggested that there are better ways of measuring the environmental performance of retailers.

"A much bigger impact of supermarkets is the products which they sell, where they come from, how they have been produced and how much energy they have used in their production and transport," she said.



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