Reduction In Plastic Carrier Bags

12th January 2018

There’s been a reduction in the amount of plastic carrier bags in Guernsey.

The 5p bag charge was introduced in the island in 2008, and since then there has been an 80-90% reduction in the use of single-use carrier bags.

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Many people now take their own, Bag For Life bags to the shops to avoid paying the charge and causing more plastic pollution.

The charge is currently voluntary, and retailers do not have to adopt the charge if they do not want to.

In the UK, the Prime Minister is planning to extend the 5p charge, making it law for almost all shops, as part of a 25 year plan to cut out the use of unnecessary plastics.

Waste Prevention and Recycling Officer, Tina Norman Ross, says:

‘It has made a huge difference to the amount of single-use carrier bags, and we’ve all got very used to taking our bags to the supermarkets now. 

At the moment there are no plans to change. It’s working very, very well so we wouldn’t be looking to change it, but we’re always keeping an eye on what’s happening elsewhere, so perhaps in the future we might do something different. 

All the major supermarkets are using it now, and I think other shops are bringing it in as well so that’s excellent. What we want to do is encourage people to take their own bags to the shops, so they don’t even have to consider buying one when they get there.’ 

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