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Sustainability Committee to consider petition calling for banning of plastic bags

The National Assembly’s Sustainability Committee is to take further evidence in relation to a petition on the banning of plastic bags at its next meeting on June 18th.

The petition was submitted to the Assembly by Neil Evans who took part in a BBC project to suggest new laws for Wales. His suggestion won a public vote and his petition was submitted to the petitions committee who passed it on to the Sustainability Committee.

Members will take evidence from The Carrier Bag Consortium and Packaging and Films Association, and from Cardinal Packaging Ltd, a company in Ebbw Vale. The Committee has already taken evidence from several organisations including Keep Wales Tidy; the Marine Conservation Society; the Waste and Resources Action Programme and the British Retail Consortium.

Temporary Chair of the Committee Mike German said: “

I'm delighted that the committee will be taking evidence on this petition. The plastic bag ban idea emerged as a strong winner from a project run by the BBC asking viewers what new Welsh law they would like to make. Over 350 ideas came forward from the public, with the plastic bag ban emerging victorious after a public vote. It's great that so many people got involved in the debate, and I'm sure they will be interested to follow the debate in committee this week."

The meeting takes place at 9:00am on Wednesday June 18 in Committee Room 3, Senedd.

Further information about the committee

Further information about the petition calling for the banning of plastic pags in Wales

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