Sales of single use plastic carrier bags in England have fallen by 59 per cent in the last 12 months, the latest figures have revealed.
The main retailers – including Asda, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative Group, Tesco and Waitrose – who collectively account for over half of total plastic carrier bag sales, reported a drop of 95 per cent since the government introduced the 5p charge in 2015.
This represents a decrease of 322 million bags from 2019 to 2020. While all of the main retailers saw a reduction, Asda and Tesco saw the biggest drops of 86.8 million (81 per cent) and 79.6 million (65 per cent) respectively.
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