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Sales of plastic bags drop 90% since fee was introduced

August 4, 2019 9:00 AM
Originally published by Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats

Tom Brake MP campaigning for a plastic bag charge in 2012Sales of single-use plastic bags have fallen by 90% since the introduction of the 5p charge in 2015, new figures have revealed.

The figures also show the average person buys 10 bags a year from England's seven biggest retailers, compared with 140 bags before the charge was introduced.

The charge on plastic bags has also contributed £169m toward charities and other good causes since 2015.