The Carrickfergus Councillor stated: “I welcome the fact that Sainsbury are going to cut the amount of plastic packaging which they use, and I strongly encourage other retailers to follow suit on this matter.
“Sainsbury plan to use more biodegradable packaging for their products. This measure will have a very positive impact in the area of environmental protection
“The Alliance Party has campaigned for a long time for the introduction of a plastic bag levy to help prevent pollution, and this move would supplement the work done by retailers in the sphere of environmental protection.
“When a levy on plastic bags was implemented in the Republic of Ireland, it reduced plastic bag usage by 90% and provided over £93 million for environmental schemes. These statistics illustrate that the introduction of this legislation in Northern Ireland would have an extremely positive effect on the environment.”