Big shops and supermarket chains in England now have to charge 5p for a plastic bag. In other parts of the UK people are already used to charges: the first charge was introduced in Wales, October 2011, followed by Northern Ireland in April 2013 and Scotland in October 2014. All these three nations have seen plastic bag usage massively reduce.
The Independent looks at charts to show how charging for plastic bags is good for the environment in today’s article.
When GCSE RS students have to answer a question about ways people try to reduce pollution; they can now remember to mention plastic bag charges!