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• In the UK, the Mail reports that Tesco has stopped giving out free plastic bags at its Express store in Somersham in Cambridgeshire, a move that the paper says is “a landmark move that could set the template for Britain’s biggest retailer.”

According to the story, Tesco is falling in line behind a voluntary local initiative that banned the handing out of free plastic bags. And, the retailer says, it will be tracking customer reaction to see if the initiative is both expandable and sustainable; at the same time, the Mail suggests that Tesco’s acquiescence could lead to other communities putting similar pressure on the retailer.
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