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Wales: Distribution of single use carrier bags drastically reduced 2012-07-25 - No Comments

Cardiff University undertook a research which aimed to measure the impact of the Welsh Government’s 5p charge for bags which came into force on 1st October 2011. The team monitored attitudes concerning carrier bags before the introduction of the 5p charge and again six months later. In September 2011, 61 percent of shoppers were using their own bags, and in April 2012, 82 percent were using them. In addition the support of the measure also increased from 50 percent to 70 percent. The results of the research showed a reduction in different types of retailer:




  • Food retailers: reduction up to 96%
  • fashion retailers: reduction up to 75%
  • home retailers: reduction up to 95%
  • Food services retailer: reduction up to 45%
  • Telecommunication retailers: reduction up to 85%

In addition, the 5p per bag charge are donated to support environmental projects and local good causes. As an example, the environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy has received more than 105 000 pounds since October. The Environment Minister John Griffiths thanked retailers and shoppers for their help and support of this successful policy given that the Welsh public now take their own bag when they go shopping. Therefore, this is a litter reduction as well as a behaviour change.


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