Plastic bag charge update…
It’s almost a year since we reported that large retailers would be required by law to charge for single-use plastic carrier bag.
Put in place by the government on the 5 October 2015 to stem the amount of plastic damaging our environment the new ruling has so far proved to be a big success.
In the initial six months since the charge was introduced the government reports:
* 1.1 billion single-use carrier bags were sold by large retailers who registered. By comparison 2014 saw the same shops use 7.64 billion bags over a full year, according to waste reduction charity, Wrap – a massive drop.
* Net proceeds from the bag charge reached £41.3 million.
* At least £29.2 million was donated to good causes concerned with the environment, education, health, arts and charities.
Says Environment Minister, Therese Coffey, ‘It will mean our precious marine life is safer, our communities are cleaner and future generations won’t be saddled with mountains of plastic taking hundreds of years to break down in landfill sites.’
Millions of us are using Bags for Life and re-using them. And there are plenty of alternatives such as environmentally-friendly jute or cotton bags – just perfect for customisation!
Arcadia have a great selection of promotional bags for life to offer and are always on the lookout for products and packaging to help reduce society’s environmental footprint.
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