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Supermarkets 'should charge 1 a bag'

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Everyone should be charged a small fee to get a plastic bag with their shopping, according to a group of environmental pressure groups.

Samantha Harding, of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, says a fee of 5p would "seriously reduce litter and pollution... which is having a massive, massive effect".

Judith Holder, author of Grumpy Old Women, believes that a five pence fee would not work.

Her life is "full of bags", she told the Today programme, "my problem is I've never got them when I got to the till."

People need to be charged £1 for a bag so that they remember to take them in the shop, she suggests.


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