Plastic bag plea to store bosses

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HOPES of making Blackpool a plastic bag-free town have been dashed after an investigation found the move would be impractical.

Instead, a report is calling for a voluntary code of practice to encourage stores to significantly reduce the number of bags they hand out.

A town hall scrutiny found more than 14 million plastic single-use carrier bags in Blackpool are used each year, making up almost a quarter of the town’s litter.

Consultation with the public found 92 per cent of respondents regularly used plastic bags, with half not re-using them. Yet 85 per cent said they would support Blackpool becoming a plastic bag-free town.

The scrutiny was led by Coun Tim Cox amid fears discarded plastic is blighting the environment. He said: “Though convenient, plastic is wrecking our planet.”

Blackpool Town Centre BID manager Eileen Ormand welcomed the move.

She said: “We are very much behind becoming green and using less plastic.

“It’s a great idea and I would love to see Blackpool become plastic free but there are several aspects we have to take into account, including cost.

“Also for many businesses, it is decided by their central office and it is part of their advertising.

“Already quite a few shops ask customers if they need a bag for their purchase.”