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pressure on Government to tax single use plastic bags in England

6 August 2012

Environmental groups are urging the Government to introduce a levy on single use plastic bags in England.

Latest figures show that the number of carrier bags given out by supermarkets rose by more than 5% last year across the UK. Most plastic bags take an estimated 450 to 1000 years to degrade at sea.

The use of plastic bags fell significantly after a 5p charge was introduced in Wales last year. England is the only part of the UK which has no plans for a plastic bag charge.

Some retailers have voluntarily introduced charges for their single use plastic bags in an attempt to become more environmentally friendly but this obviously hasn’t gone far enough across the sector. Surely with Wales having shown good results, it can only be a matter of time…?

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