LONDON (Aug. 5, 11:55 a.m. ET) — Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has added fuel to the plastic bag debate with talk of banning free carrier bags from the capital by the start of the 2012 Olympics.
“Plastics bags are an unnecessary scourge on our environment and I've set out my ambition to make London a plastic bag-free city,” he told the Daily Mail. “Whilst London doesn't have the powers to implement bans or charges, I am keenly following Wales's efforts to solve this problem.”
Johnson, who claimed that carrier bags “disfigure ditches,” can't introduce a London-wide ban on free carrier bags without an act of Parliament.