MCS joins forces with Woodland Trust over carrier bag charge

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 18 November 2014

MCS joins forces with Woodland Trust over carrier bag charge MCS and the Woodland Trust say cash from the carrier bag charge revenue from retailers must benefit the environment.

MCS joins forces with Woodland Trust over carrier bag charge MCS and the Woodland Trust say cash from the carrier bag charge revenue from retailers must benefit the environment. Carrier bag legislation, resulting in a 5p charge on all single use bags, came into force in Scotland last month, has been running in Wales since 2011, Northern Ireland since 2013 and is expected to be introduced in England next year. Retailers charging the public for carrier bags are urged to donate that money to charity and MCS and the Woodland Trust, which both fully support the schemes, say the environment must benefit from the charges. Laura Foster, MCS Pollution Manager says the charge is a successful way of significantly reducing carrier bag use and recent beach litter surveys show that plastic litter is increasing year on year so something needs to change. “Plastic litter can result in entanglement for larger marine life or digestion problems for smaller creatures. This is why we are campaigning for less use of carrier bags. Ø Karl Mitchell, Director of Fundraising at the Woodland Trust said: “We want companies to know that we are keen to accept their revenue from these charges and invest it in protecting our natural environment. Carrier bag use has massive effects on both woodland and the sea. Litter clearance in our woods, for example, has cost us over half a million pounds during the last four years - money which could have been spent on woodland conservation. Ø The charities, which say they will accept equal donations from retailers who choose to distribute carrier bag income, envisage that the use of bags will reduce over coming years as the behaviour of shoppers change.

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