Australia has announced plans to tackle the litter problem caused by plastic bags, with a view to getting supermarket chains and retailers to cut plastic bag litter by 38 million bags by the end of 2004. Possible measures the government may introduce to achieve their target include a levy on the 6.9 billion plastic bags used by the country's 20 million people each year and setting supermarkets "ambitious" recycling targets, according to Environment Minister David Kemp.