Remember to reuse your plastic bags

SKDC is reminding householders to reuse plastic bags as shoppers at larger supermarkets and stores in England continue to have to pay for them.

Remember to reuse your plastic bags

The Council is aware use of the bags has dropped significantly nationally and locally since the introduction of the 5p charge for a bag at many outlets.

It is now encouraging residents to continue to reuse any bags they buy so that less litter finds its way onto South Kesteven's streets but when they cannot be used any more they should be disposed of in black bins or pink bags.

Retailers with 250 or more employees must charge at least 5p for the bags that they provide for shopping in stores or for home deliveries.

Free bags are still provided for some items including uncooked meat, poultry or fish, medicine, flowers and potatoes.

SKDC's Executive Member for Environment Cllr Nick Craft said: "It's good news to hear so many residents are being environmentally minded as a result of the changes and using bags for life or other methods for food and retail shopping.

"We have a large number of supermarkets in our towns so it's important householders maximise use of any plastic bags they buy.

"We no longer recycle plastic bags in South Kesteven and with your continued help we can, over time, work towards creating an environment where our streets are clear of bags altogether."

Take a look at our recycling list for all the items you can recycle or report littering online.

Report littering online

Supermarket and retail used bags for life can be taken back to the stores for a free replacement and can be recycled by them.