Murad Calls for National Levy on Throwaway Shopping Bags

The London Assembly’s Environment Committee today published its report Bag to Basics: Why & How Free Shopping Bags Should be Removed from London’s Shops. Launching the report Deputy Chair of the Committee, Murad Qureshi, said London should be “leading the debate”.

Murad with John Gormley TD, Ireland’s Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Murad said:

“We have an abysmal record of recycling plastic bags; just one bag out of every 200 or one per person per year. Gordon Brown recently threw his weight behind the campaign against disposable carrier bags, rightly saying they are one the most visible symbols of environmental waste.

“London should be leading this debate and having seen first hand the damage plastic bags do, I am delighted to launch this report today and to add my voice to the calls for a levy on throwaway bags”

What do you think? Murad is inviting Londoners to let him know their views. Should the bag be banned or should there be a national levy on single-use throwaway bags? Let us know your views here.