South Kesteven District Council is reminding householders that plastic bags can be reused and recycled in South Kesteven, as shoppers at larger supermarkets in England now pay for them.
shoppers at larger supermarkets in England now pay for them.
With many residents now sorting through bags they have stored at home to use to avoid paying the charge, the council says any unwanted bags can be placed in silver bins or clear bags.
Many shoppers in England now pay 5p for plastic carrier bags as legislation changed on October 5 to help lower the 7.6 billion bags handed out every year.
Retailers with 250 or more employees must charge at least 5p for the bags that they provide for shopping in stores and home deliveries.
Free bags are still provided however to shoppers for some items included uncooked meat, poultry or fish, medicine, flowers and potatoes.
Portfolio holder for healthy environment Councillor Nick Craft said: “We have a large number of supermarkets in our towns so it’s important householders continue to recycle plastic bags as much as they can.
“Nationally, plastic bags contribute up to two per cent of litter in some areas. With your help and the move to charge for bags, we can over time work towards creating an environment where our streets are clear of plastic bags.
“Visit www.southkest even.gov.uk/recycling for all the items you can recycle or report littering online at www.southkesteven.gov.uk“
Used or worn bags for life from supermarkets can also be recycled in silver bins or clear bags.