MP for North Swindon

Justin Tomlinson MP

Justin Welcomes Significant Drop In The Use Of Plastic Bags

 
 
 
 
 
 North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has welcomed news that the number of plastic bags used in the UK has halved in a year.
 
Figures showed that 549 million single-use plastic bags were sold by supermarkets in 2018/19 – down from one billion the year before.
 
In 2015 the Government introduced a 5p charge for plastic bags to tackle plastic pollution, and since then the number of plastics bags brought in the UK has fallen by 90%.
 
The Government has continued to build on its work to tackle plastic pollution, and earlier this year it announced a ban on plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic handled cotton buds.
 
The Government is also consulting on plans to introduce a deposit return scheme to drive-up the recycling of drinks bottles and cans, as well as plans to levy a tax on plastic packaging which does not contain a minimum of 30% recycled content from April 2022.
 
The UK Government has committed £61.4 million for global research into the issue and to help countries across the Commonwealth stop plastic waste from entering the oceans. Building on this, the Government’s £20 million Plastics Research and Innovation Fund encourages researchers and businesses to develop new innovations that can bring changes in the UK’s plastics manufacturing and consumption patterns.
 
Justin Tomlinson said: “Plastic pollution is a very serious issue, and bold action is required to address it. I am delighted that the Government’s 5p charge for plastic bags, along with increased awareness thanks to programs like Blue Planet, has resulted in such a positive change. I am very proud of the work the Government has done to tackle plastic pollution, and the measures it is looking to build on this.”
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