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Plea to stop using plastic bags

PUBLISHED: 11:46 04 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:18 05 July 2010

Suffolk Coastal District Council is encouraging people to stop using plastic bags

And it has called on the government to take similar action.

The environmental damage caused by plastic bags has been discussed at a meeting of the council, and the district hopes one day to become plastic bag-free.

Suffolk Coastal District Council is encouraging people to stop using plastic bags

And it has called on the government to take similar action.

The environmental damage caused by plastic bags has been discussed at a meeting of the council, and the district hopes one day to become plastic bag-free.

About 13bn bags are given out to shoppers in the UK every year.

But the council has already taken steps towards achieving the goal, working with local groups as well as other councils as part of the Suffolk Waste Partnership.

Now, it is looking for alternatives to plastic sacks for homes without a wheelie bin.

Andrew Nunn, cabinet member for the green environment, said: “There are already some commendable initiatives under way, supported either directly or indirectly by this council, and we have agreed a deadline of the next two years to deliver real progress on ridding our district of plastic bags.

“However, while working with our communities will help us all take

big strides towards this goal, the reality is that it is probably only the government that can make the big difference.

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