‘Bags we get the cash’, says IWA

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SPEND A DAY as a vol­un­teer on a canal clean-up work­ing party and the chances are you’ll get a fair num­ber of plas­tic car­rier bags on your grap­pling hook. So the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion says it’s only right for the pro­ceeds of the new plas­tic bag levy to help sup­port its vol­un­teer clean-ups all over the wa­ter­ways sys­tem. Un­der the scheme in­tro­duced in Oc­to­ber, re­tail­ers are ex­pected to do­nate the pro­ceeds of the new 5p charge for sin­gle-use bags to good causes, par­tic­u­larly en­vi­ron­men­tal ones.

IWA points out that of the eight bil­lion bags given out ev­ery year a fair num­ber end up in the wa­ter­ways and are pulled out by cleanup vol­un­teers to­gether with shop­ping trol­leys, plas­tic bot­tles and other pack­ag­ing waste.

IWA Chair­man Les Etheridge, there­fore, feels it’s ap­pro­pri­ate for shops to pass on some of the levy “to sup­port IWA’s year-on-year clean-up ef­forts” and “de­liver long-term ben­e­fits to marine habi­tats and the com­mu­ni­ties which sur­round them”.

Re­tail­ers wish­ing to sup­port IWA’s work should con­tact iwa@wa­ter­ways.org.uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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