Plastic Bags

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:14 am on 2nd November 2006.

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Photo of Lady Saltoun of Abernethy Lady Saltoun of Abernethy Crossbench 11:14 am, 2nd November 2006

My Lords, is the Minister aware that some of us are very grateful for our free plastic bags, because we reuse them as bin liners and for a variety of other purposes, thereby saving ourselves from having to buy any?


Karen Roseberry
Posted on 3 Nov 2006 3:35 pm (Report this annotation)

Unbelievable remark. So saving a few pennies is the main reason for taking something that is going to pollute our planet for centuries to come. I see countless people at check-outs with 1 or 2 items in each carrier bag. Obviously destined for the dustbin. I always take cloth or the heavy duty 'bags for life' and buy biodegradable bags for the dustbins. Not too much of a hardship.

David Carpenter
Posted on 5 Nov 2006 8:45 pm (Report this annotation)

There is no need to use shopping bags as rubbish bags. If we reduce the amount of waste we create, increase the amount we recycle, and compost organic material, there is little need to bag the rest of our rubbish.

As Karen points out there are other ways. I would like to see a the complete eradication of plastic shopping bags. It seems a ridiculous waste of precious resources to me.

Paul Harding
Posted on 8 Nov 2006 1:35 pm (Report this annotation)

Amazing! Its this kind of backwards thinking that gives politics a bad name. A hereditary Peer refusing to indorse a proposal to limit the amount of plastic bags, just to save her self a few pence.

Lady Saltoun has clearly demonstrated that she neither cars nor thinks about the environment.