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Billions fewer plastic bags on the streets

In the past 6 months the 5p bag charge raised over £29 million for good causes #reusebags

  • From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Thérèse Coffey MP Part of: Charges for single-use plastic carrier bags Waste and recycling Marine environment Environmental quality Business and the environment
  • Over seven billion carrier bags were issued by seven main retailers in 2014, falling to just over half a billion in the first six months of the 5p charge for single use carrier bags introduced in October 2015.
  • Six billion fewer plastic bags taken home by shoppers in England and over £29 million donated to good causes thanks to 5p charge
  • The 5p charge has clearly been a huge success – not only for our environment but for good causes across the country that have benefitted from an impressive £29 million raised.
  • From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Thérèse Coffey MP First published: 30 July 2016 Part of: Charges for single-use plastic carrier bags , Waste and recycling , Marine environment , Environmental quality and Business and the environment

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@DefraGovUK: “In the past 6 months the 5p bag charge raised over £29 million for good causes #reusebags”


Six billion fewer plastic bags taken home by shoppers in England and over £29 million donated to good causes thanks to 5p charge


Billions fewer plastic bags on the streets