July 10 - Wales Sees Huge Drop in Single-Use Bags
Submitted by Recycling News on July 10, 2012 - 11:54.
A study by the UK’s Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has shown an overall rise in the number of single use carrier bags used in the UK for 2011, but one country in the UK is defying that trend.
Since implementing a five pence (about eight cent) charge on single use bags last October, Wales experienced a 22% decrease in their use of “thin-gauge” bags. The charge applies to both paper and plastic single use bags and according to a study by the Welsh government the percentage of people who brought their own bags to the supermarket surged from 42 to 64% following the charge.
Since its introduction, the single use bag charge in Wales has resulted in bag use reductions of up to 75% for fashion retailers and a massive 96% for food retailers. British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) head of environment, Bob Gordon, sees nothing strange about Wale’s success:
But news isn’t all bad for the UK, even with 2011 as a blip on their record, the UK reduced their average bag use by 35% since 2006. Northern Ireland is even going to follow in the footsteps of Wales, planning a five pence charge by next year. Scotland is also in talks to propose a minimum charge of five pence which would leave England as the only country in the UK without a mandatory single use bag charge.
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