Fall in plastic bag use praised
A FALL in carrier bag use has been praised by an AM.
Aberavon member David Rees praised the effect the charge for single-use bags which came into being just over a year ago.
Singe-use carrier bag usage in Wales has reduced by as much as 96 per cent in some retail sectors, and a recent survey of attitudes indicated that the charge is now supported by around 70 per cent of people in Wales.
The charge has also resulted in more money for charities and not for profit organisations as the Welsh Government has called on retailers to pass proceeds from the 5p charge onto environmental or good causes.
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Mr Rees said: "Evidence shows that shoppers across Aberavon have adapted to the charge and are doing their bit for the environment.
"In Wales, in the year prior to the charge, we took home an estimated 350 million carrier bags from the major supermarkets alone."
He added: "This figure equates to a remarkable 273 bags per household. Many of these bags ended up littering and damaging our countryside, seas and wildlife.
"This small step is already resulting in a huge change in attitudes and habits.
It's also fantastic that so many worthwhile charities are benefiting from any money given through the charge for single-use bags."
In particular the Co-operative supermarket has seen usage fall by 84 per cent.