Do you back a 5p plastic carrier bag levy in Gloucestershire?
CALLS have been made to introduce a plastic bag levy in Gloucestershire as pressure mounts on Government ministers.
The majority of people think a 5p charge on single-use carrier bags should be introduced in England to cut litter and waste, a poll suggested on Friday.
Gloucester City Council's deputy leader Debbie Llewellyn has backed the proposals.
She said: "Anything that can help reduce landfill has to be welcomed.
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We do not live in a disposable world, people have to learn and it only takes a small change.
"I use the Bags for Life, I always keep them in the back of my car and now it is just second nature getting them out every time I go shopping.
"I know that the charges in Wales for plastic bags have helped reduce landfill."
Three quarters of those asked said they would try to cut down on the use of new plastic bags if there was a 5p charge on them, according to the survey for a coalition of groups pushing the Government to bring in a bag levy in England.
It's an idea that has been discussed in Cheltenham for some time already.
In January, business and civic leaders in the town got together to wage war on the carrier.
And in August, councillor Roger Whyborn (LD, Up Hatherley), borough council cabinet member for sustainability, said: "Certainly we would support the Government bringing something of that nature in.
"It is quite a serious issue. Some of the so-called degradable bags don't degrade or they take hundreds of years to do so."
He said the council's scrutiny committee had looked at the issue earlier this year to see if something could be done to reduce the number of plastic bags being given to shoppers in Cheltenham.
The new poll of 1,752 English adults found that 56 per cent agreed a 5p carrier bag charge was not unreasonable even in a time of austerity, as it had been proved to reduce litter and waste, although a quarter disagreed. The number of plastic bags being given out by shops in Wales has reduced greatly since a 5p charge was introduced last October.
According to figures from waste reduction body Wrap, supermarket customers used almost eight billion carrier bags in 2011, a 5.4 per cent rise on 2010.
But in Wales, the amount of single-use bags being taken home has fallen significantly.
England is the only part of the UK which has no plans for a plastic bag charge, and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Keep Britain Tidy, the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage are calling for one to be brought in.