According to a survey carried out lately, a majority of England’s population supports the idea of charging the use of single-use carrier bags with 5 pence. Contracted by a coalition of groups campaigning for a bag tax to be levied in England, the opinion poll showed that 56 % of the sample supported the proposal.
The poll of 1,752 English adults found that 75 % would try to reduce the use of new plastic bags if there was a 5p levy on them. The proposal aims to reduce the amount of waste and the littering of streets, countryside and beaches by these plastic bags. This seems to get even more urgent, as the latest figures show that the use of carrier bags is constantly rising across the UK.
Similar levies in other countries had proved to reduce litter and waste and other parts of the UK are already diverting. The introduction of a 5p charge in Wales last October showed immediate effect, reducing the use of plastic carrier bags significantly. Northern Ireland is bringing in a similar levy next year and Scotland is debating on doing the same. With England not having such plans, 54 % of those polled stated that England should follow the other parts of the UK and seek to introduce a 5p charge.
The coalition who commissioned the survey stated that the results clearly show that the English population would support the introduction of such a levy even in difficult economic times, thus contradicting respective concerns amongst politicians.