Saturday 1 October 2011

SHOPPERS in a Valleys town are being helped to avoid paying new carrier bag charges thanks to an initiative by local traders.
Bargoed’s Big Red Shopping Bag was launched on Saturday October 1, the day a new law came into force meaning shoppers must pay a minimum of 5p for single-use carrier bags.
The Big Red Shopping Bags, reusable cotton bags, are provided free by Bargoed Chamber of Trade.

The Chamber’s president, Brian Jarrett, said:

“We want to make sure that shoppers aren’t discouraged from shopping in town by the new carrier bag charge. We’re asking our regular shoppers to remember to bring their Big Red Shopping Bags out with them so that their shopping trip won’t become any more expensive.
These are tough times for shoppers so the Chamber of Trade wants to do anything it can to help.”

Saturday’s launch was attended by Caerphilly MP Wayne David, Megan Williams and Ethan James of Ysgol Gymraeg Gilfach Fargoed,  Arian Vaughan  and Caitlin Pine of pupils from St Gwladys Bargoed Primary School.

The Chamber of Trade's Big Red Bag initiative also featured on BBC Radio Wales on 29th September. Follow the  link to hear the Bargoed segment of the programme.