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Calls for plastic bag ban in Jersey

A Jersey politician is calling for the sale and distribution of plastic bags to be banned in the island. Credit: PA

The sale and distribution of plastic bags should be banned in Jersey, according to a politician.

Deputy Inna Gardiner is also proposing a minimum price be set for other forms of disposable bag.

She says that worldwide, a trillion single-use plastic bags are used each year, nearly two million each minute.

In the report to the States members it says Bangladesh was the first country banning plastic bags countrywide in 2002.

It went onto say that as of July 2018, 127 out of 192 countries reviewed about 66% have adopted some form of legislation to regulate plastic bags.

27 countries have enacted legislation banning either specific products like plates, cups, straws, packaging or materials like polystyrene.

Deputy Gardiner wants the Council of Ministers to bring forward draft legislation to reduce the use of plastic bags in Jersey by November 2020. Credit: PA

Jersey led the way when in March 2008 when the first charge for plastic bags was introduced by Ministerial decision, compared to England which was the last UK nation to introduce the charge only in October 2015.

– Deputy Inna Gardiner

Deputy Gardiner wants the Council of Ministers to bring forward draft legislation to reduce the use of plastic bags in Jersey by November 2020.

There are different ways to introduce this type of law and I am inviting the Council of Ministers to consult with businesses and adopt best practice from around the world, identifying which will be suitable to Jersey.

– Deputy Inna Gardiner