The Government has said that figures are showing that plastic bag usage has fallen by 90% since the introduction of a surcharge for their use. The figures suggest that the average consumer now acquires 10 bags per year instead of 140 bags which they used before the surcharge.
Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for the Environment, said in a statement:
“Our comprehensive action to slash plastic waste and leave our environment in a better state continues to deliver results, with our 5p charge reducing plastic bag sales by 90% in the big supermarkets.
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.”