No, we haven't yet had a response to our email to the Mayor's office to find out what progress has been made towards a plastic bag free London 2012 but there are updates from other sources today.
Firstly, the Daily Mail reports that Boris is mulling over bringing in a levy on single-use plastic bags, following the imminent Welsh model charging 5p per bag with the proceeds going to good causes. We are glad to hear Boris quoted saying:
Plastics bags are an unnecessary scourge on our environment and I’ve set out my ambition to make London a plastic bag free city.... We are planning a renewed campaign to help do so ahead of 2012, when the eyes of the world are on us.
However, time seems tight to bring in a mandatory levy and London would need a special dispensation from Westminster to be able to legislate just for the capital. Wouldn't it be a whizz of an idea to use the Games as a beacon of good practice and ban those bags from the venues?
Unfortunately, campaigning group Greener Upon Thames who are behind the petition to make the Olympics plastic bag free, announced this week that LOCOG is refusing an outright plastic bag ban, except in its own merchandise shops (where you'll get a smart paper carrier).