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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-01-08 01:56 PM
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PM warns stores over {plastic shopping} bags (BBC)
Gordon Brown has warned retailers he will force them to cut down on plastic bag use if they do not act voluntarily.

Writing in the Daily Mail, he told stores that "If government compulsion is needed to make the change, we will take the necessary steps."

Campaigners say plastic bags, which take an estimated 1,000 years to decay, damage the environment.

Marks and Spencer has already announced that it will charge food shoppers 5p for each bag from 6 May.

The move follows a trial at 50 of its outlets in Northern Ireland and south-west England, which resulted in demand for polythene bags falling by more than 70%.
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