Plastic bag use still tumbling

THE number of single-use plastic bags given to supermarket customers has fallen for the fourth year running.

The British Retail Consortium said the total number of single-use bags handed out has dropped by 43 per cent from 10.6 billion in 2006 to 6.1 billion in the year to May, following a 37 per cent per cent reduction recorded last year.

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The total weight of material in the bags has more than halved over the same period.

The consortium said the figures are a "ringing endorsement" of the voluntary approach by supermarkets.