Charging for plastic bags would save marine wildlife says environmental groups – Fishupdate.com

Charging for plastic bags would save marine wildlife says environmental groups Published:  21 June, 2005

GREEN groups involved in the marine environment are backing calls for a tax on plastic bags.

Numerous independent scientific studies have shown high concentrations of plastic material, including bags, blocking the guts of 177 marine species, including whales, dolphins, seals, puffins, fulmars and turtles.

Scottish MSP Mike Pringle has proposed a levy on plastic bags.“Last year a total of 5,592 plastic bags were recorded during the MCS Beachwatch survey – that’s 2% of all beach litter or one for every 38m of beach surveyed,” said Calum Duncan, Marine Conservation Society Scottish Officer and Convener of the Scottish Environment LINK Marine Task Force.

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