Grab free bag for life to help reduce plastic bag litter

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Shoppers are being urged to ditch plastic carrier bags once and for all in favour of reusable ‘bags for life’.

Between 10am and 3pm tomorrow, Sheffield Council waste contractor Veolia’s awareness team will be out on Angel Street swapping single use plastic bags for reusable ‘Recycle for Sheffield’ bags for life.

The plastic bag amnesty event aims to reduce the number of single use bags which are dumped around Sheffield.

Coun Jack Scott, cabinet member for environment, said: “We are holding the amnesty to encourage residents to say no to single use plastic bags and raise awareness about the impact plastic bags can have on our planet and world resources.

“We will be swapping residents’ plastic bags for reusable bags that can, literally, be used for life.

“Bags will be issued on a ‘first come, first served’ basis while stocks last.”

Veolia is advising people to get into the habit of remembering to take their bag for life with them when they go shopping - and ensure they recycle unwanted single-use bags at a supermarket collection point.

A spokeswoman said: “Once you start using reusable bags it’s all about remembering to take them with you, and keeping a supply in your car.”