Plastic Bags: Fees and Charges

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the introduction of the 5 pence carrier bag charge on the number of carrier bags issued by retailers.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Since the introduction of the five pence carrier bag charge in October 2015, retailer reporting shows a very large drop in the consumption of single use plastic carrier bags; the seven major retailers distributed around nine billion fewer single-use plastic bags (a reduction of around 83%) compared to pre-charge levels.

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