‘Bags we get the cash’, says IWA
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 email@example.com for further information.