Plastic Bags

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st November 2017.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of policies designed to reduce the use of plastic bags by retailers and consumers; and what further policies they envisage in that area.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Since the introduction of the 5 pence carrier bag charge in October 2015, retailer reporting shows a dramatic drop in the consumption of single use plastic carrier bags, with the seven major retailers distributing around nine billion fewer single use plastic bags (a reduction of around 83%) compared to typical pre-charge levels.

The Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015 requires the Secretary of State to carry out a review of this order before 5 October 2020.

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