Plastic bag use continues to fall in England

People are on average using 115 fewer bags each year since the plastic bag charge was introduced in England

Retailers donated more than £66m of their proceeds to good causes. Photograph: Richard Whitcombe/123RFPlastic bag use is continuing to fall in England, according to the first full annual set of figures published by DEFRA since it introduced the 5p charge in 2015.

According to the figures published on 21 July, large retailers that are subject to the rules sold 2.1 billion single-use plastic carrier bags between April 2016 and April 2017.

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