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We are celebrating Monday’s introduction of the single-use carrier bag charge across England, the first specific initiative aimed at reducing litter in over
a decade. Plastic bags are one of the most highly visible forms of litter on
our streets, roads, hedges, parks, trees, beaches and, ultimately, in our oceans,
all with potentially devastating effects. This is hardly surprising when over
eight billion bags are used by shoppers every year.
We have campaigned for years for the introduction of the charge, along
with other environmental charities, as part of the “Break the Bag Habit”
Wales, where a bag charge has been in place since 2011, there has been a
reduction in bag use of around 70%
year, we survey the amount of litter in England and the 2013/14
survey found plastic bags to be littered on over one in ten sites
surveyed. Plastic bag litter was found
on more sites than either chewing gum or dog fouling.
Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, said, “We applaud the
introduction of the single-use carrier bag charge.
is the first government action in a decade that is specifically designed to
tackle our country’s litter issue. We hope the charge will see a significant
reduction in the use, and subsequent littering, of plastic bags.
there is a lot more that needs to be done to change the behaviour of those who
think it is acceptable to throw their rubbish on the floor but Monday marks a
significant first step on the road to a litter-free country.”
Keep Britain Tidy is a registered Charity No. 1071737. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 3496361. Registered office at Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.
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