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Calls for Guernsey's government to ban all plastic carrier bags

An environmental charity in Guernsey is calling on the government go ban all plastic carrier bags. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

An environmental charity in Guernsey is calling on the government to ban all plastic carrier bags.

Plastic Free Guernsey set up an online petition earlier this year which has now gained more than 6,300 signatures.

The petition and an accompanying letter were handed over to the President of Environment and Infrastructure on 14 November.

As a small Island we have the potential to set a precedent and be leaders in the fight against unnecessary plastics.

We are requesting a ban on all plastic carrier bags on Island, whether they be classed as single use, or 'bags for life' - we all know that the useful lifespan of these bags is anything but life.

We are not requesting a switch to stores providing paper or fabric bags, but a push to encourage Islanders to bring their own reusable bags. > If we want to portray ourselves as an Island leading on sustainability, we need to change our habits accordingly.

– Mads Norman, Plastic Free Guernsey

After receiving the petition, the Committee said it was in the early stages of working on new proposals related to this topic.