BASC has called for money raised from the sale of plastic bags to be spent on landscape-scale conservation projects and for the way the money is spent to be clear for all to see.
The Association has proposed three themes to underpin the selection process. These are:
(a) looking after England’s nature
(b) landscape scale action and ecosystem services
(c) supporting sustainable food production
BASC’s chief executive Richard Ali said: “BASC believes that proposed plastic bag charges in England could encourage funds to be spent on the core, but underfunded, conservation priorities highlighted under the Natural Environment White Paper and the England Biodiversity Strategy. BASC’s Green Shoots programme meets these priorities.”
BASC submitted evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) inquiry on plastic bag charges, which said the Government should set clear rules for transparent reporting and for retailers to publicise in store where the funds are going.
Click here for BASC’s evidence.