Shops in London could be banned from giving free carrier bags to shoppers.

Yesterday, all 33 London Councils approved a Bill that will seek to ban the distribution of free carrier bags in the capital. The Bill will be presented to the House of Commons within the next fortnight, according to reports in the Independent.

“The campaign to rid the capital of the environmental blight of throw away shopping bags begins here,” said London Councils chairman Councillor Merrick Cockell.

“As a society, we need to do far more to reduce the amount of waste we are sending to landfill and London as a city is determined to take an ambitious lead on this issue. I urge all Londoners to voice their support to their MP and back the Bill once it gets to Parliament.”