Co-op increases the cost of bags for life

BBC Radio Jersey

The Co-op in Jersey has increased the cost of its bags for life from 10p to 15p.

The Plastic Free July campaign has started, and Co-op bosses said the aim of the price increase was to limit the amount of islanders buying new such bags each time they went shopping.

It has also launched a reusable bag bin in the Grand Marche, for people to donate bags so others could use them as an alternative to buying one.

A ban on single-use plastic bags is due to start next year.

St Anne's School achieves plastic-free status

Andrew Segal

BBC News

St Anne's School students
St Anne's School

Staff and pupils at Alderney's St Anne's School are celebrating achieving plastic-free school status.

The status was awarded by the campaign group Surfers Against Sewage after the school met a set of objectives, including holding "trash mobs' at the school site, at local beaches and in the wider island during activities week to remove plastic and litter from the community.

Students also lobby government and companies to ask them what they were doing about the amount of plastic found discarded; stop using plastic milk and water bottles and reduce the amount of plastic in lunch boxes.

In a letter to parents, head teacher Martin Winward said students had "made a real impression and it is hoped this will continue to inspire us all to be 'plastic' aware".

He added: "There is still more to do and we will continue our work to help keep our school site and local community as plastic free as possible."

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Plastic bags ban 'one step towards island being greener'

BBC Radio Jersey

A new ban on single-use plastic bags in Jersey is just one small step towards the island becoming greener, and the States needs to bring in a complete waste strategy soon, a local environmentalist has said.

Sheena Brockie, from Plastic Free Jersey, said she was glad the States voted to prevent shops giving out thin bags.

But she said far more needed to be done on various issues to make the island more environmentally-friendly and islanders need to work together to make changes "through laws, incentives or education" .

She said: "It's a case of looking at the whole waste stream because plastic bags are literally the tip of the iceberg."

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