I was very disappointed to hear about another Olympic U-turn following the discovery that the Olympics will not be plastic bag free- leading to a increased risk of littering and more waste to dispose of.
According to LOCOG’s packing guidelines document, official London 2012 licensees, shops and suppliers will use plastic bags made form low density polyethylene (LDPE), which can be recycled at the end of their life. But the
document also states this type of plastic needs specialist recycling facilities in order to be recycled and, according to a response from the Mayor of London, are rarely collected at kerbside or at recycling centres.
The Mayor was quoted in the Daily Mail on 18th January 2010 saying that he hoped to make London a ‘plastic bag free city by 2012 Olympics.’
Darren Johnson Green Party Assembly Member said:“It’s very worrying that LOCOG shops will be handing out plastic bags that are not easy to recycle. The reality is these are bog standard plastic bags however you dress it up. They are not environmentally friendly and you need specialist facilities in order to recycle them.
LOCOG say they are committed to delivering a ‘zero-waste Games,’ but I don’t see how this can be achieved when you’re handing out thousands of bags which are difficult to recycle.
This is just another Olympic failure; from dodgy sponsors such as Dow Chemicals, to chickens and tickets flown from distant destinations the Olympics is failing on many core obligations. Its vital we keep up pressure on those involved and challenge these failures. Jenny Jones, Green Party Mayoral candidate highlighted the issue of imported chicken and achieved a u-turn from Mcdonalds who will now use British chicken, as they initially promised: