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English Shoppers Shun Plastic Bag After 5 Pence Levy Imposed

  • Number of bags handed out falls 83% since levy started in 2015
  • Government confirms ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics
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The number of plastic carrier bags handed out by large stores in England fell by 83 percent since they started charging a levy for their use, government data showed on Friday.

The average shopper in England now takes home about 25 bags a year from the main supermarkets, compared with about 140 bags before the charge was introduced in October 2015, according to the first full year of data recorded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.