The dangers plastic bags pose to wildlife in Lichfield have been highlighted in a House of Commons debate.
The discussion had been highlighting marine environment issues.
But Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said there were inland threats too.
“Nothing is more heart-breaking than walking along a coast – or even in Lichfield right in the middle of the nation, where we have the lakes of Minster Pool and Stowe Pool – and seeing swans and other animals suffering because of bags and other material that have been left there,” he said.
Environment Minister George Eustice said the Government was committed to tackling the issue.
“That is why we took the decision to introduce the 5p charge on single-use plastic bags,” he responded. “The big problem we have with plastics is that they remain in the environment for a very long time, which compounds the problem, and we add to it each year.
“Once these plastics are in the marine environment, it is incredibly difficult for them to be removed, so it is essential that we do all we can to stop plastics getting into the marine environment.”