THE bid by Kirklees Council to have a ban on plastic bags will be supported by many people.
An astonishing 13 billion plastic bags are used every year in Britain and there is no doubt that they have a devastating effect on the landscape and wildlife.
So any move that could reduce the amount of plastic bags being introduced to landfill sites and other areas of the environment, is to be welcomed.
The Government has resisted a national ban or a levy, making the remarkable claim that there is no clear evidence it would be beneficial on either environmental or litter grounds.
But something does need to be done to deter us from continuing to damage the environment needlessly, simply for the sake of convenience.
Given the lack of desire by our MPs for action, it is up to the likes of local campaigners and councils to force the pace.
In the end, of course, it is the responsibility of retailers to do something about it. Some are, by introducing green alternatives or stopping giving them away free.
A sensible debate about the possibility of bringing in new laws to reduce the impact on the environment has long been required.
The Government’s stand against a tax is in stark contrast to the position in Ireland, where such a measure has worked well. Come on, what about it?