Sales of plastic carrier bags in England’s main supermarkets have dropped by more than 95% since the 5p charge was introduced.
That’s 322 million – or 59% – less than in 2018/19 in the main supermarkets, with charities receiving £9.2 million last year alone and nearly £180 million since 2015.
According to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the average person in England now buys just four bags a year from the main supermarket retailers, compared with 10 last year and 140 in 2014.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “It is so encouraging to see in such a short space of time the huge difference our plastic carrier bag charge has had in reducing the amount of plastic we use in our everyday lives.
“We have all seen first hand the devastating impact that plastic bags have on the environment, littering our beautiful countryside and threatening the world’s marine life. I am committed to driving this progress further and I hope this continues to inspire similar action across the globe.”