RETAILERS, university students and recycling officers are celebrating following the success of Chester’s first Plastic Bag Free Day.
Last weekend saw a host of local businesses back the Carry-a-Bag campaign by providing customers with free Bags-For-Life, supplied by Recycle for Cheshire, instead of handing out plastic bags.
Customers were delighted to receive a reusable bag with their purchases. Feedback also showed that many people had made a special effort to take their own bags for their shopping, avoiding the need to gather numerous carrier bags.
Dave Gore of Sail and Ski on Pepper Street said: “We found the day to be very worthwhile and the response from our customers was really positive.”
The event was promoted at a stall in Town Hall Square where city council recycling officers and volunteers from Friends of the Earth offered information and ideas to shoppers on how to be more environmentally friendly.
Chester City Council and Friends of the Earth, which have led the campaign to cut the number of plastic bags used, hope that the success of the event will inspire retailers to replace plastic bags with greener alternatives in the future.
Chester City Council is offering support through a free information pack that has been produced by students from the University of Chester and provided to all city retailers.
They are also encouraging everyone to ‘Carry-A-Bag’ when they go shopping rather than accumulating numerous plastic bags, which are normally thrown away and sent to landfill.