According to WRAP, the government’s waste programme, in 2013 supermarkets in Britain gave customers 8.3 billion single-use plastic bags. This is an increase on the previous year of 3.2%, which equates to 10.8 bags per customer.
Although, for eco activists this is not all bad news as the statistic is actually down on 2006 stats by more than 30%. What’s more is over 40% of supermarkets now have a recycling facility onsite too which means a huge step forward.
Eco bags and bags for life have increased too, which is another positive step forward. In fact, there were 408 million of these bags sold in 2012 but last year this jumped up to 424 million, which could mean more homeowners will be inclined to use them.
After the next election, there will be a 5p charge on plastic bags at supermarkets in England. There was a similar charge like this introduced in Wales which saw a reduction of single-use plastics by up to 96% in some places.
With the plastic bag charge in place, we could see a completely different statistic in 2015, but in the meantime, we still have a long way to go in terms of lowering the production of plastic.
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