Coleford goes plastic-bag-free for day

A town in Gloucestershire has gone plastic-bag-free for the day to encourage residents to consider the impact on the environment.

Coleford Town Council has set up the one day event with the cooperation of the town's shops and traders.

The authority is trialling a charge for reusable bags, with money raised going to a local children's centre.

Councillor Charlotte Morgan said she wants to "reduce the number of plastic bags polluting our environment".

Shops have been given special biodegradable bags for the event, so they can be used in compost bins.

"The real problem is that plastic bags are not biodegradable and once in landfill they are there for ever," said Mrs Morgan.

"If only people would use their own bags to shop or a biodegradable bag the problem would be so greatly reduced."

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