Devon libraries' bag a recycling success

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:21 10 June 2010

Wednesday, July 23 - OVER 7,000 environmentally-friendly book bags have been sold across Devon libraries thanks to the Book Bag for Life campaign.

OVER 7,000 environmentally-friendly book bags have been sold across Devon libraries thanks to the 'Book Bag for Life' campaign.

The plan, part of Devon County Council's 'Make Devon Greener' initiative, is celebrating a successful first anniversary of the jute book bag.

Library staff no longer hand out new plastic bags, which would go straight to the landfill and takes thousands of years to break down, but encourage them to upgrade to reusable bags.

Councillor Sheila Hobden, Devon County Council (DCC) executive member for Culture, said: "This is a fantastic first year for the book bag campaign.

"Our statistics show that 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."

Liz Poulter, Senior Waste Manager for DCC, said: "This is a great start to the Devon book bag campaign and it's good to see more people becoming aware of the benefits of investing in bags for life.

"It's not just for carrying books, as these bags are stylish enough to use for shopping or on a visit to the beach, so hopefully they are saving the need for other plastic bags."

The jute book bags are available from all Devon libraries and cost £2.

Further information on waste reduction, composting or recycling can be found at or by calling 08454502477.

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