Plastic bag use has plummeted in England since the introduction of a 5p charge last year, under the previous coalition government.
The number of single use plastic bags used by shoppers in England has fallen by more than 85%. More than 7bn bags were handed out by seven main supermarkets in the year before the charge but this has been reduced to just over 0.5bn in the first six months after the charge has been introduced.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron commented, “We always said the test of this policy would be by the amounts of bags that are cut from public consumption and the funds raised for charities - on both these tests this
policy has passed.
"It is down to Liberal Democrats in Government that this policy happened – we announced it at our 2013 conference and we are now seeing what a huge impact it has had.
"The facts are simple; single use bags blight our towns and countryside, they trap and suffocate wildlife, and plastic
bags take hundreds of years to degrade. These figures show that this policy is starting to stop that."