Thursday, 19 February 2009

Green Party PPC for Maidstone to support the 'Bin the Bag' launch

Green Party parliamentary candidate for Maidstone is to attend the launch of the 'Bin the Bag' campaign, Maidstone's campaign to end plastic bags. Stuart Jeffery, Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone and the Weald, has welcomed the campaign and offered his full support. Stuart has called for Maidstone to lead the way in reducing plastic waste, which would save the council money and therefore save householders money through reduced council tax bills.

Stuart Jeffery, Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate for Maidstone and the Weald: "We have lived beyond our ecological means for many years, refusing to cut back on both waste and consumption. We now know the appalling impacts that are happening as a result of this with landfills at bursting point. There is also a truly shameful sea of plastic in the Pacific that has built up as a direct result of throw away packaging.

"Even though plastic carrier bags are a relatively small part of our consumption problem and reducing them will not solve our ecological problems, they are an area where individuals and businesses can make a direct impact without waiting for political solutions.

"Just this week we learnt just how much packaging is thwarting householder's efforts to recycle and is costing council taxpayers dearly to have the waste disposed of. Reducing our plastic carrier doesn't just send a strong message to others, it can reduce our council tax too."

Notes: Bin the Bag launch: 20th February, 11.30am – 12.30pm Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone Town Centre

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