Plastic bags tax cuts usage by loads, down the shops!

7 December 2015

tesco bag The 5p charge for plastic bags was brought in to try and curb people's usage of them, and it seems to be working, with Tesco saying that they've seen a reduction of 78% at their supermarkets.

Rebecca Shelley, Tesco group communications director, said: "We knew the Government's bag charge would encourage our customers to use fewer plastic bags and it has clearly had a huge impact."

"We wanted to do as much as we could to help our customers avoid paying the charge - the week before the charge was introduced we gave out free bags for life, and we've been sharing helpful hints and tips on how customers can cut down the number of bags they use."

"We're also working with our customers to make sure the millions of pounds that will be raised from the bag charge go towards making a real difference for our local communities."

It isn't just Tesco who have noticed. Asda say that they've seen a reduction of over 90% concerning single-use bags across Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. They haven't got the figures for England yet, you'd assume.

The Environment Minister Rory Stewart is pleased with this news. He says: "Cutting the number of plastic bags we use is a small but vital step in reducing plastic waste. It will not only tidy up our towns and countryside, it will also help protect our precious beaches and sealife."

1 comment

  • Jeremy B.
    Good to see supermarkets being forced to save money.

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