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In Peterborough around 37 million plastic bags are thrown away every year – a pile which would reach over 2.5 miles high.

Now the City has decided it has had enough – Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), with the City Council, and Queensgate have joined forces to rid the City of its plastic bags.

 Get a Green Grip Peterborough


In a bid to persuade shoppers not to ask for a plastic bag, the 'Get a Green Grip Peterborough' campaign will hand out over 5,000 natural cotton bags.

Hugh Cripps, Chief Executive of PECT, said: "This is a fantastic campaign and long overdue. Plastic bags litter the streets and hurt wildlife. We hope Peterborough's shops and shoppers agree with us and stop using plastic bags."

Peterborough is currently the site of a number of groundbreaking environmental initiatives including the largest zero carbon challenge site in the UK. 450 zero carbon homes will be built in the city and the site will also be used to showcase the latest eco-construction techniques.

Shoppers will be able to get their hands on the ‘Get a Green Grip Peterborough’ bags from April, and the bags will be available throughout the Green Festival in May and June.

The Get a Green Grip campaign is being supported by a number of organisations within Peterborough including Perkins, Peterborough Evening Telegraph, KJS Print and Mail, Royal Haskoning, and the Environment Agency.

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