South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has welcomed latest figures showing plastic bag sales in England’s ‘big seven’ supermarkets have dropped by 86% since the Government introduced its 5p plastic bag charge in 2015.
Latest figures show customers at the country’s biggest supermarkets bought nearly 300 million fewer plastic bags last year compared to 2016/17, a decrease of 86%. The figures also reveal for 2017/18, 5p plastic bag sales contributed nearly £60m toward charities and other good causes.
Mr Dunne, a member of the Environmental Audit Committee and supporter of the Plastic Free Parliament campaign, said:
“These figures show the dramatic impact of the government’s plastic bag charge in helping reduce waste plastic entering our environment. This is very encouraging progress, and shows how we as consumers can adapt to reduce our use of disposable plastic, as well as raising funds for charities and community causes.
This follows the UK’s world leading action on plastic waste, with consultations later this year on banning the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton buds - with exemptions for straws used for medical reasons - and on a plan currently under development for a deposit return scheme for single use drinks containers.”