Big drop in bag usage

CARRIER bag use in Wales has been cut by as much as 96 per cent in some retail sectors since the introduction of a 5p charge.

Environment Minister John Griffiths has said he can see no reason why the charge would not work elsewhere in the UK.

Mr Griffiths said: “I think the Welsh experience proves that if you want to effectively reduce carrier bag use, a charge really is the best way to go.”

He said the efforts of retailers and shoppers had been key to the scheme’s success, adding: “I can see no reason why the charge wouldn’t work just as well in other parts of the UK.”

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