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UK airports have been urged by the government to stop using ‘millions of plastic bags’ and find a sustainable alternative.

Currently, single-use plastic bags are used at security checks, where liquids, aerosols, and gels (LAGs) go through a security scanner.

It is reported that London Stansted Airport alone uses an estimated 11 million non-recyclable bags every year – while London City Airport uses more than two million.

‘Step in the right direction’

According to The Telegraph, a spokesperson for the Department for Transport said: “This government is determined to cut single-use plastic and the use of eco-friendly plastic bags at airports would be a welcome step in the right direction.

“We would encourage airlines and airports to do their bit.”

‘A global leader’

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who also support the ban, said: “The UK is committed to being a global leader in tackling the issue of plastic pollution.

“We welcome attempts by airports to cut conventional single-use plastic and explore alternatives.

“Compostable bags can be part of the solution, but it’s important that they are disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way so they can break down properly and do not pose a risk to wildlife.”

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.