Huge reduction in carrier bag usage after voluntary supermarket target

The UK’s 7 leading supermarkets and its customers are now using 418 million fewer single-use carrier bags per month compared to 3 years ago.

Posted on 31 July 2009

Research carried out by the Waste and Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has found that the UK’s 7 leading supermarkets and its customers are now using 418 million fewer single-use carrier bags per month compared to 3 years ago.
 
In May 2006, 718 million bags were used in England with a large amount going to landfill.
 
After a voluntary reduction target was agreed by the UK's 7 largest supermarket chains in December 2008 there has been a staggering 48% reduction. Despite falling slightly short of the 50% target the figures show that in England shoppers used 346 million fewer bags in May 2009 than in May 2006; achieved despite a 5% increase in sales volume between 2006 and 2008.
 
Environment Secretary, Hilary Benn, commented:
 
“Several hundred million fewer carrier bags are going to landfill every month and we’re using less raw materials to make them, which is great news.”

Posted under General Interest on 31 July 2009