Libraries celebrate bag campaign

PUBLISHED: 18:45 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:53 17 June 2010

MORE than 7,000 plastic bags have been saved from landfill thanks to Devon County Council s Library Service.

MORE than 7,000 plastic bags have been saved from landfill thanks to Devon County Council's Library Service.

It celebrates the first anniversary of its Book Bag for Life campaign, which has sold 7,224 jute bags since last August.

It is part of DCC's initiative to Make Devon Greener, promoting the environment, reducing waste and increasing recycling rates across Devon.

Sidmouth Library stocks the £2 bags.

Executive member for culture, Councillor Sheila Hobden said: "This is a fantastic first year for the campaign.

"Our statistics show the average person in Devon visits the library five times a year.

"If everyone who purchased one used it just to carry their books to and from the library each time, that could be as many as 35,000 plastic bags saved.

"On behalf of the library service, I would like to thank everyone who has purchased a book bag so far and encourage all other visitors to think about investing in one."

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