Laura Sharman 31 July 2019

Sales of plastic bags drop 90% since fee was introduced

Sales of plastic bags drop 90% since fee was introduced image

Sales 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.

Environment secretary, Theresa Villiers, said: 'No one wants to see the devastating impact plastic waste is having on our precious wildlife.

'Today’s figures are a powerful demonstration that we are collectively calling time on being a throwaway society.'

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

Photo: David Cardinez /

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