[Sinn Fein]

5 February 2001

Plastic bags - Dublin City Council asked to back `banish the bag' move

Dublin City Council will be asked tonight (Monday) to adopt a scheme to eventually banish the plastic carrier bag from shopping centres.

Sinn Fein Councillor Larry O'Toole (Artane) has tabled a motion urging councillors to follow an initiative launched in Cork today (Monday 5 February) and supported by Cork Corporation and Cork County Council as well as various local community organisations.

The aim is to banish single-use plastic bags by 1st January 2005.

With the aid of 20 key supermarkets throughout Cork City and County, a reusable `bag for life' policy will be introduced in participating stores.

Shoppers will be encouraged to bring their own reusable bags or boxes, and those who do not but who spend 15 on groceries will be given the reusable bag.

There will be spot prizes of cash and shopping vouchers from stores and the Department of the Environment for some of the shoppers who bring their environmentally-friendly bags with them during the launch of the campaign.  ENDS Cllr O'Toole @ 086 854 1940

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