Plastic bag sales in ‘big seven’ supermarkets down 86% since 5p charge

31 July 2018

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Plastic bag sales in England’s ‘big seven’ supermarkets have dropped by 86% since the UK Government introduced its 5p plastic bag charge in 2015. This is the equivalent to 19 bags per person in England, compared to 140 bags since the government introduced a 5p charge in 2015, a reduction of 86%.

Plastic bags have a significant impact on the environment. Government scientists believe plastic in the sea is set to treble in a decade unless marine litter is curbed - with one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals dying every year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste.

Source: UK Government, 26 July 2018