Sales of plastic bags in England decrease

New figures show the continued fall of plastic use.

Less and less people in England are carrying plastic bags, after the introduction of the 5p charge.

The plastic bag sales of the seven biggest supermarkets in the country — namely Asda, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Tesco, Morrisons, and Waitrose — have fallen by 90 percent since 2015.

According to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the average consumer only buys 10 bags per year, as opposed to 140 bags per year in 2014 before the charge was imposed.

Environment secretary, Theresa Villiers, said: “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.”

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