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TSI welcomes EU review of use of plastic bags

Picture of plastic bagsThe Trading Standards Institute has called for practical solutions to cut waste in its response to the European Commission consultation on EU level action to reduce the use of plastic bags.

TSI’s lead officer for the environment Lisa Foster said: “TSI supports any steps taken to protect the environment, but these must be practical and in the best interests of consumers and reputable businesses.”

TSI is not in favour of an outright ban as consumers should be left free to make a choice, but a levy on plastic bags could be a reasonable option if the money was fed back into relevant environmental measures.

Ms Foster said: “TSI believes that empowering consumers to make their own, informed decisions is key.  If a levy were to be introduced, consumers could make the decision themselves as to whether they wish to pay for a bag, decline a bag, or take their own."