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Rethinking Rubbish - carrier bags

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley has welcomed the arrival of the Rethink Rubbish Roadshow in Sheffield (Wednesday 24th July)

Speaking today Meg said

"I am particularly pleased that the roadshow in Fargate is highlighting the problems of plastic supermarket carrier bags which cause such environmental problems when thrown away in the huge numbers we manage in this country. The Irish government has introduced a levy on carrier bags which has massively reduced their use in a short time, people in Ireland now tend to use proper shopping bags or strong carriers which they keep with them and preserve. I am urging our own government to consider something similar. The Co-op supermarkets and others have introduced a "guaranteed for life" shopping bag which if people use and retain should help the campaign tremendously"

Notes to editor:

From the rethink rubbish website www.rethinkrubbish.com

"People in Sheffield should keep a look out for the giant Rethink Rubbish motorised dustbin - the largest of its kind in the world - when it speeds into town on the latest leg of it’s 2,000 mile UK summer roadshow tour.

All the roadshow action kicks-off at 10.00am and runs until 3.00pm in the Fargate shopping centre, so be sure you don’t miss out and remember to pick up one of the trendy Rethink Rubbish canvass shopping bags that are being handed out to shoppers by the roadshow crew. We use a staggering 150 million plastic bags each week in the UK and they take 500 years to decay when buried in landfill - a canvass shopping bag can be used time and time again!

The giant dustbin, which is fully street legal with its own MOT, and boasts a top speed of 15 mph, is the focal point for the Rethink Rubbish roadshow, which is packed full of fun for all the family to enjoy, with games and competitions to win household goods and shopping vouchers.

Visitors should also make sure they catch one of the regular performances of the Rethink Rubbish street theatre, featuring the special roadshow actors and including competitions and loads of giveaways."

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