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56% « back plastic bag store charge » 2012-08-29 - No Comments

Between May 30 and June 1, Which? carried out a survey, in which 1.116 adults were interviewed about their use of plastic bags.

According to the survey, more than half of the poll agrees to be charge for plastic bags while on average, consumers have 17 plastic bags stored at home. 56% of the poll support the “5p charge for bags” measure but have bags at home. 70%of the opposed of the charge argue that they already paid enough for their shopping and 45 % think bags should be for free.
Even if consumer still have a lot of bags at home, 92% of the interviewee say that they reuse plastic bag either for shopping or as bin liners. However, 8% of the poll throws away bags in general waste after their initial use.

In 2008, leading supermarkets signed an agreement and took the engagement of reducing 50% of single-use plastic bags by 2009. According to WRAP, 800 million more single-use plastic bags were used last year in comparison with two year ago. This represents an increase of 10%, which is equivalent to 120 bags per customer, just for supermarkets. Marks and Spenser is the only supermarket that charges for bags; the result is that the retailer has 78% depletion in bag use at its stores.


                                                                                                                                                         Source: Wrap


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