Should we go back to brown paper bags?
Don Foster advocates a levy on single use plastic shopping bags. It would be interesting if he could also provide the production cost and suggested retail price of these bags.
I imagine that middlemen are already licking their lips at the prospect of fat profits.
In my household such bags never go to waste, but are re-used to line bins and to separate paper, tins, plastic bottles etc in the recycling box.
Dog owners find an additional use for them. I wonder if local authorities, both here and abroad will find an alternative for lining public litter bins?
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Reusable shopping bags have been shown to have a high bacterial count after a few uses. I have found so- called biologically decomposable bags to survive for at least three years in a compost heap. Perhaps we should return to the brown paper bag and metal dustbins – how does one dispose of a broken plastic dustbin or wheelie bin which has lost its wheels?
I believe that most people dispose of plastic bags responsibly.
Perhaps more effort should be made to enforce the existing littering laws to curb the lunatic fringe who pollute the environment and endanger wildlife.
J W KING Kempthorne Lane Bath