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Packaging and Waste

Excess Baggage Campaign

September 2013: CAMPAIGN UPDATE

The government have recently announced that they will be implementing a plastic bag charge in England for large retailers and supermarkets from the end of 2015. More details of the announcement, which was made in September, can be found here

If you would still like to be involved in the 'Excess Baggage' campaign, get in touch with your MP to express your support for the charge and call for it to be implemented as soon as practicable.

Use the campaign action pack and template letter (you can download it here) as the basis for writing to your MP, however please do update it to reflect the recent government changes.

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About the Excess Baggage campaign

Efforts to reduce plastic bag use in England are failing

Five years ago retailers and supermarkets signed up to a voluntary agreement to cut the number of single use carrier bags given out in their stores. Despite seeing an initial reduction in the number of bags issued, the figures have since crept up year by year.

In contrast, the latest figures from Wales, where customers have been paying for plastic bags since 2011, show that plastic bag use has fallen by 81%. Scotland and Northern Ireland have been quick to learn the lessons from Wales' leadership, and are introducing their own charge.

Plastic bags are energy intensive to produce, litter our streets, and pollute the environment. They are often used for a matter of minutes, but remain in the environment for hundreds of years. A resolution to address waste in the production, packaging and transport of goods was passed at the NFWI's 2005 AGM.

TAKE ACTION: Can you help to persuade the Government that a plastic bag charge in England is needed to protect the environment and reduce waste?

Download the campaign action pack here