Libraries to sell reusable carrier bags

REUSABLE shopping bags will go on sale in the county's libraries later this year as part of a bid to banish plastic carriers.

The authority teamed up with the Chronicle & Echo last year to try to convince shopkeepers and shoppers to find alternatives to plastic shopping bags because of their impact upon the environment.

Now the authority has decided to promote environmentally-friendly bags at its 36 libraries.

The bags are still at the design stage, but it is hoped 4,000 of them will go on sale by the end of April. A similar bag is in the pipeline to be offered to Northampton’s shops, as part of the Banish Your Bag campaign.

A spokesman from Northamptonshire County Council said: “Anyone who regularly picks up more items than they expect at their local library will know how invaluable these bags will be, but we’re also hoping people will use them when they are out shopping.

“Using a reusable bag instead of a standard plastic carrier bag helps reduce the number of bags that are thrown away, most of which stay buried in landfill sites for generations before they finally break down or end up littering our streets and environment.”

A launch meeting for Banish Your Bag, focusing on a pilot area covering St Giles Street, Fish Street and Gold Street, will take place at The Picturedrome, Kettering Road, on Tuesday, February 26, at 6.30pm. For details, contact Rebecca Cook on Northampton 237093.