Jan 28, 2019

Plastic pollution: Morrisons to trial 20p paper bags

PA Morrisons is introducing a reusable 20p paper bag as part of an eight-week trial in eight of its stores. Since the plastic bag charge was introduced, supermarket customers' bag use has reduced by more than 85%. Environment Secretary Michael Gove has set up a consultation on raising the cost of plastic bags in England. The production of paper bags uses more energy and creates more CO2 emissions than the manufacture of plastic bags. In June last year Morrisons reintroduced small paper bags for loose fruit and veg, which cut out the use of 150 million small plastic bags every year. The retailer added that removing 5p bags from its shops, and replacing them with 10p reusable carriers, reduced bag sales at the supermarket by 25% in 2018.History of the plastic bag chargeThe 5p charge for plastic bags was introduced first in Wales in 2011, then in Northern Ireland in 2013, before Scotland introduced the charge in 2014 and England rolled out its plastic bag charge on 5 October 2015.

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