I HATE PLASTIC BAGS!
I ALSO DISLIKE PEOPLE WHO GO OUT OF THEIR HOUSE WITH THE FULL INTENTION OF GOING SHOPPING, WHO DON'T TAKE SOME FORM OF CARRIER BAG(S) WITH THEM!
Why do people do this? Plastic bags are not biodegradable and lead to needless waste. Each house has hundreds of used plastic bags in it. When my wife and I go shopping (to Tesco, to our eternal shame) we always take 4 or 5 strong, durable carrier bags with us to pack our groceries in. (These durable bags have SAINSBURYS written on them in large letters, which gives me some perverse pleasure!).
In Wales, on October 1st 2011, the Welsh Assembly introduced a piece of legislation calling for all retailers to charge all customers 5p for each bag that they dispense, when shoppers purchase. The income goes back to the state as tax. The transformation has been instantaneous and massive! Everyone now carries a carrier bag in their handbag or pocket. By October 7th, the population of Wales had changed its collective psyche about carrying bags with them! How marvellous! Why can't legislaters bring such legislation about in England?
I will write to my MP today.